NASCAR fan Luther Dowdy of Lincolnton bought three $1 Cash 5 tickets in tribute to Dale Earnhardt and won a $235,001 jackpot.
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One North Carolina man’s longtime support of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt paid off big-time when he won over $200,000 in the lottery.

Luther Dowdy, a 63-year-old grave digger, bought three “Quick Pick” tickets in honor of the No. 3 on Earnhardt’s race car, according to a news release from the North Carolina Lottery

His Earnhardt-inspired technique succeeded: He won the $235,001 Cash 5 jackpot on Monday and went to the lottery headquarters to claim his earnings on Wednesday, says the release. After taxes, his winnings amounted to $166,875.

Dowdy was shocked when he realized how much he had won, according to the release.

“I about fell out of my chair when I saw how much I won,” he said in the release. “Now I might be able to retire at the end of this year.”

The odds of winning the Cash 5 jackpot in the North Carolina Lottery are just 1 in 962,598, according to lottery officials.