Football loss leads N.C. man to $150,000 Powerball win

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A North Carolina man said a loss for his favorite football team led to a personal win when he scored a $150,000 Powerball prize.

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Jacob Strickland, 29, of Asheboro, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials a loss for the Clemson University Tigers turned into his own personal victory.

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"We were watching football with some friends and Clemson was getting beat terribly by Notre Dame," Strickland said.

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We were joking we should get lottery tickets because our luck couldn't get any worse.

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Strickland said the loss inspired him to buy a ticket for the Nov. 5 Powerball drawing using the lottery's smartphone app.

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"It really was a last-minute thing right before the drawing," he said.

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The drawing ended up earning Strickland a $150,000 prize.

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"It was just a day of disbelief because I've never won anything before," Strickland said.

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Strickland said he sent a screenshot of his win to the friends who had been with him when he watched the game.

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"They all thought I was lying," he laughed. Strickland said his winnings will go toward investments and savings.

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