Rockingham mom, son split $150,000 lottery prize

ROCKINGHAM— Richard McFayden and his mother Katherine McFayden of Rockingham are the latest players to win the $150,000 top prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s new $500 Mayhem game.

Richard purchased the lucky $5 ticket at the Mill Road Grocery on Mill Road in Rockingham May 16, lottery officials said in a Wednesday release.

He and his mother claimed $75,000 each, which amounted to $51,938 per person after state and federal taxes were withheld.

It was a lucky week for Richmond County, as two other Richmond County residents were listed among 15 lottery players who won prizes of $10,000 to $50,000.

Maxine Utley of Rockingham claimed a $50,000 prize in the lottery’s 10X the Cash scratch-off game and Thomas Brooks of Rockingham won $10,000 on a 100x the Cash ticket.

Richmond County has received more than $19 million in education funds from the state lottery since its inception in 1996, according to N.C. Education Lottery figures.

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.8 billion for the state.

Net proceeds will be used this year to help pay salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk 4-year-olds, for school construction and repair, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.