Good fortune smiles on Asheboro man after team loss in the form of a winning lottery ticket

A blowout loss by Clemson's football team resulted in a lottery win for one Randolph County resident.

Asheboro resident Jacob Strickland won $150,000 from a Powerball ticket. Strickland purchased the ticket after watching a recently televised football game.

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

On Nov. 5, Clemson faced Notre Dame at home and struggled to put points on the board until the final minutes in the fourth quarter.

"You get what you earn and we earned this tonight," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney during a post game interview.

Clemson scored 14 points to Notre Dame's 35.

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

They were wrong. Later that day Strickland purchased a ticket for the Nov. 5 drawing and discovered just how lucky he was via the Powerball.

"Powerball is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets at a retail location or with Online Play through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App," reads information from The Education Lottery.

Other games include Mega Millions, Carolina Cash 5, and Lucky for Life.

"Strickland’s luck prevailed as he matched numbers on four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000 on his $3 Power Play ticket," reads information from the Education Lottery. "The prize tripled to $150,000 when the 3X Power Play multiplier hit."

Strickland, who works as a welder, said he was shocked. His friends and family were also in disbelief.

"It was just a day of disbelief because I’ve never won anything before,” Strickland said, describing the reactions of his family and friends who he watched the game with. “They all thought I was lying."

Strickland claimed his prize on Tuesday. Out of the $150,000 prize, Strickland took home $106,516 after state and federal taxes.

Strickland says he largely plans to invest and save.

This article originally appeared on The Courier-Tribune: An Asheboro man wins $150,000 in lottery