Disabled Army vet strikes gold on Christmas lottery ticket

Disabled Army vet strikes gold on Christmas lottery ticket

Credit: North Carolina Education Lottery

Rob Hoover and his dad, Eddie.

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 5:37 PM

MONROE, N.C. -- A North Carolina man is $100,000 richer thanks to a family Christmas tradition.

Eddie Hoover receives lottery tickets each year for Christmas from his son Rob. This year, that tradition led to a big pay day.

But, it gets even better: The payout will allow Eddie, the disabled Army veteran, and his family to attend his son's wedding in the Bahamas next fall.

Rob bought his dad 10 Carolina Black scratch-off tickets, and one lucky ticket earned Eddie the top prize.

“Every time I play the lottery, I dream about winning,” said Hoover, who used to play the South Carolina lottery before the North Carolina Education Lottery started in 2006. He said normally he plays Mega Millions and Cash 5, buying tickets with a friend.

“Couldn’t happen to a better person,” said Rob Hoover, who accompanied his Dad to lottery headquarters Monday to claim the prize. “Best Dad in the world. He’s done everything for us. Time to pay him back.”

Not only will Eddie attend his son's wedding with his winnings, he plans to pay bills.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Kangaroo Express on West Franklin Street in Monroe.

After taxes, Eddie takes home $68,001.

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