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Catawba County police officer wins $250K lottery prize – WSOC

A Catawba County police officer won $250,000 on a $1 Mega Millions ticket he purchased from a Stanley store.

“Something just felt right that day when I bought it,” Mike Bollinger said. “I let the computer pick the numbers.”

Bollinger, a police officer and EMT from Maiden, bought the ticket at Beach’s General Store on N.C. 73 in Stanley.

Before his big win, Bollinger said $15 was the most he had ever won playing Mega Millions. After state and federal taxes were withheld, he received a check for $170,000.

Bollinger, who has worked in law enforcement and emergency management for 26 years, said he planned to use some of his winnings to pay bills and take a vacation.

“Really to have those bills off of you,” he said, “is more of a relief than anything.”

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