Gastonia Firefighter hits lotto jackpot

Gastonia Firefighter wins lottery

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - It took a while before Firefighter Glenn Mace really believed the ticket he was holding last Friday was worth more than $600,000. But a trip to the NC Education Lottery Headquarters in Raleigh verified he got all Cash 5 numbers in Thursday night's drawing.

"First thing I did was call my wife and said I'm probably going to come home and she said 'Are you sick?' and I said kind of." Glenn then told his wife Sherrie, "I said I think I won the lottery and she said shut up!"

Glenn and his wife drove to Raleigh on Friday and filled out the paperwork. The win is worth $415, 784 after taxes. He bought the $1 ticket at Mountain Stop on Archie Whitesides Road in Gastonia.

Monday morning, he was back at work at Station 8.

"I got up and come to work this morning and everybody said why'd you come to work? I said well, I got a job to do."

Hitting the lottery was a dream come true. But so is his job. Glenn has been a firefighter for 15 years. He was promoted this year to Engineer with GFD.

He's got plans to pay off his house, help his two adult kids a little, And maybe buy a small beach house. But leaving his family at the firehouse isn't in the picture.

"It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy," says Firefighter Kenny Bryson.

Everybody always says that, but here you get the feeling everybody who says it about Glenn, means it, jackpot or not.