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This teacher was laid off after 20 years, then he won the lottery

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There hasn't been much good news in 2020, but at least there are some hopeful stories still out there. Joe Camp was a preschool teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina who fell on some hard times this year. First, he was laid off from his job after 20 years of service then a month later he lost his father. "It put me in a dark place... but I have a lot of friends and family that just told me to keep sticking in there, keep believing in myself." Camp said.

Then nothing short of a miracle happened, on Christmas Eve he won $250,000 in the lottery. "Thursday morning, I went to the store and bought a scratch-off ticket like I usually do," Camp said. "And I bought two tickets. I didn't win on the first one, so I tried the second and I scratched it off, and I fell to my knees at the gas pump."

He won the money on a Gold Rush ticket which he plans to use on his daughter's education and to buy a new home to pass down as he's already a father and a grandfather. "What I plan on doing with my winnings is having a future for my daughter," he said. "I want to have something for us. I never had anything. No one passed anything down, and that's what I want to do."