Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man said his history of Halloween pranks complicated his efforts to convince his mother that he won a $266,982 lottery prize.
Ralph Mayton Jr. of Graham told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he decided to buy a 100X The Cash Fast Play ticket at BP Graham on East Harden Street after finding a lucky penny on the ground.
"I always hear it's good luck if it's laying heads up and darn it if I don't believe it now," Mayton said. "I still got it in my pocket right now and I'm keeping it forever."
Mayton's $20 ticket won the $66,982 progressive jackpot plus an extra $200,000.
"I had no idea that I won the extra $200,000," Mayton said. "My heart almost stopped I was so excited."
Mayton said the most difficult part of winning was convincing his mother that his good luck wasn't a prank.
"We play Halloween tricks on her every year," he laughed, "and she thinks I'm playing a trick on her right now."
Mayton said his mother will have to believe when he uses his winnings to take her on a trip to Hawaii.
"That's the only place she's never been," Mayton said. "And she deserves it, so I want to take her."