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KakaoTalk_20181127_142232342An Army veteran had an extra reason to be thankful this holiday season. His good fortune comes in the wake of a $100,000 windfall thanks to a Powerball prize.

James Bombard, of Fayetteville, visited the state’s online website this past Wednesday. In North Carolina, it is legal to purchase lottery tickets online. It turned out to be a good decision as he woke up the following day with a little more money to spend on Black Friday. Bombard woke up Thanksgiving morning to find an email saying he’d won.

“It feels like I’m in a dream,” Bombard said. “I couldn’t be more thankful. I thought maybe I’d won a few dollars,” Bombard said. “When I saw that I’d won $100,000, I couldn’t believe it.”

The prize comes to about $70,502 after required state and federal tax withholdings. Bombard received his prize at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

He spoke briefly about his plans for the money and his plans to purchase a new car and begin studying again.

“I’m planning to go back to Florida and finish my bachelor’s in golf management,” Bombard said. “I was always planning to finish, but now I’ll be able to.”

Bombard purchased the ticket for $3. He matched four out of five white balls and the red Powerball to win $50,000. Because he made a Power Play, however, the prize doubled to $100,000 with a 2X multiplier.

The odds of winning were 1 in 913,129.

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