CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina teacher who was laid off earlier this year after two decades had a change of fortune when he won a $250,000 lottery jackpot from a scratch-off ticket.
Joe Camp was a preschool teacher for 20 years before losing his job Sept. 6. A month later, his father died.
“It put me in a dark place,” Camp said in a statement. “But I have a lot of friends and family that just told me to keep sticking in there, keep believing in myself.”
He recently got a job at a car dealership. On Dec. 17 he bought two Gold Rush scratch off tickets, like he does every Thursday.
“I didn’t win on the first one, so I tried the second and I scratched it off, and I fell to my knees at the gas pump,” Camp said.
Camp was a winner. He took the lump sum payout of $176,876 after paying state and federal taxes. He plans to buy a new home for him and his daughter, as well as save for her education.
“What I plan on doing with my winnings is having a future for my daughter,” Camp said. “I want to get a home because I want to set it up for my family, my grandkids. I want to have something for us. I never had anything, no one passed anything down, and that’s what I want to do.”