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Friends who promised to distribute NC lottery prizes are keeping their word

It is common for people to say they will share lottery money without dreaming that they would actually win.

But that’s not the case with two “old friends” from Laurinburg, North Carolina, according to the NC Education Lottery.

Walter Bonds and Curtis Hudson actually made good on their lofty promise after discovering Hudson won six figures on a $2,000,000 Diamond Deluxe ticket, officials said.

“We decided that if one of us won a big prize, we would split it,” Bonds told lottery officials. “And we are both men of our words.”

Hudson won $100,000 on a $20 ticket purchased at Carlie C’s, a convenience store on South Main Street in Laurinburg. The first thing he did was call Bonds to tell him they had won, officials said.

“I could hear it in his voice,” Bonds said.

The odds of winning $100,000 in the game are 1 in 767,778.75, the state lottery says.

The duo claimed their prize on Monday, May 20 and split it down the middle. They were each paid $35,753, after state and federal taxes, officials said.

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The men said they have “worked together for years” and that entering the lottery is part of their camaraderie, officials said. They have a soft spot for scratch-offs, but Hudson said he also likes to take risks.

“Whatever makes me feel good at that moment, that’s what I buy,” Hudson said.

He plans to use his share of the prize for home improvements, while Bonds will put his share into savings.

Laurinburg is located about 100 miles southwest of Raleigh, near the South Carolina state line.

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. For some, however, gambling is an addiction that can destroy lives and families.

If you or a loved one is showing signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the National Gambling Hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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