North Carolina Man Left Speechless After Third Big Lottery Win in as Many Years

A North Carolina man was so stunned at his third big lottery win in as many years that he lost the ability to speak.

Gregg Hensley of Marion won $200,000 on the Multiply the Cash second-chance drawing on April 11.

The big win followed his $10,000 win earlier this year and a $20,000 win in 2020.

The North Carolina Education Lottery said in a statement on April 19: "So overcome with emotion that he couldn't speak, Gregg Hensley of Marion said he had to just hand his phone to his wife so she could see the $200,000 prize that he won in a second-chance drawing.

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Gregg Hensley, 63, of Marion, North Carolina, won $200,000 playing the lottery, his third big win since 2020. North Carolina Education Lottery/Zenger

"Hensley, a 63-year-old woodworker, won the grand prize in the April 11 Multiply the Cash second-chance drawing."

Hensley was quoted as saying: "I had to hold on to something I was so stunned."

The statement continued: "Hensley is no stranger to winning big prizes in lottery drawings. The second-chance win marks his third big win as he won $20,000 in a 2020 drawing and $10,000 in a drawing earlier this year."

Hensley said: "With as many folks who are entering drawings, to actually win one is hard to comprehend, so to actually win three, it's mind-boggling."

The statement continued: "Hensley arrived at lottery headquarters Monday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,020. He said he would like to buy a new truck and do some home repairs.

"His win occurred in the first of four drawings in the Multiply the Cash second-chance promotion. His entry was picked from more than 66.9 million entries.

"Players get a second chance with their Multiply the Cash tickets by scanning them into their lottery accounts where they are automatically entered into the next drawing. Each drawing offers a $200,000 prize, 10 $10,000 prizes, and 50 $500 prizes. The date of the second drawing is June 8."

Hensley's win comes off the back of big wins by Josh Buster of West Burlington, Iowa, and Paul and Teresa Hartsoe of Conowingo, Maryland.

Buster won a cool $1 million on the Iowa Lottery's Mega Millions draw after the store clerk accidentally gave him one play instead of five and then printed the other four out on a separate ticket, which he believes is what gave him his lucky break.

The Hartsoes hit a whopping $1 million on the Maryland Lottery's Mega Millions draw, with the Lottery reporting that they "could not stop smiling."

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.