June 18, 2013 – North Carolina firefighter Glenn Mace won a $611,447 jackpot on the Carolina Cash 5 game, which he called the “perfect amount to win”.
Friday, Mace walked out of the Lottery’s claims office in Raleigh, N.C. with the cash option for his prize.
After state and federal taxes are withheld, he’ll see a deposit of about $415,784 on his bank statement.
Mace, 50, has been a firefighter with the Gastonia Fire Department for 15 years, and doesn’t plan on quitting work – he told the Gaston Gazette that it’s his dream job.
He told North Carolina Lottery officials that he was “speechless” to find out he’d won, and though he doesn’t plan on quitting his dream job, he and his wife do have some plans for the money.
“We’ll pay the house off first thing,” he told Lottery officials. “If I can get my house paid off I’ll be tickled to death.”
“We’ve always wanted a little place at the beach, so we’ll see,” he added.
He told the Gazette he’s looking for the vacation home he’s always wanted in the North Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina.
He and his wife also plan on sharing the winnings with their two adult children, helping their daughter pay off some student loans and giving their son a cash gift.
But Mace, who says he’s “worked hard, but never had any money like that,” also told the Gazette he won’t really believe he’s won until the money shows up on his bank statement.