Grandfather gifts North Carolina lottery winnings to granddaughter

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CLEMMONS, N.C. (WIAT) — One lucky grandpa made sure his granddaughter was set for life after winning the North Carolina education lottery. 

Peter Beckage and his granddaughter, Kelly Thomas, had just finished eating a breakfast of pancakes when he decided he wanted to play his go-to game, Lucky for Life. Beckage accredits his win on those “lucky” pancakes. 

“Those pancakes actually made me start my day a little later,” said Beckage. “Maybe the machine wouldn’t have picked the same numbers if I had bought the ticket when I normally would.”

“Luckiest pancakes ever,” said Thomas.

After his big win, Beckage gifted his granddaughter $25,000 a year, for the rest of her life.

Thomas will soon be attending UNC-Wilmington and plans to use the winnings to pay for tuition, books and food as she prepares to become an elementary school teacher. 

According to the N.C. Education Lottery website, Thomas and her grandfather claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Wednesday. Winners are guaranteed $25,000 a year for life and have the option of taking a lump sum of $390,000. Thomas chose the annuity and received her first annual payment. After federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $17,688.

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