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2 area residents nab lottery wins

RALEIGH — Two area residents recently took home big lottery prizes.

Retired U.S. Postal Service supervisor Truman Caddell spun a giant prize wheel — hence the game’s name, the Bigger Spin — at a live event last week and won $900,000.

“I love the game,” Caddell, a Vietnam War veteran who served from 1970-71, said in a news release from the NC Education Lottery. “Out of all the tickets I play, I get excited about this ticket.”

After waiting some long, nerve-racking seconds for the oversized prize wheel to stop, Caddell was happy to land on the $900,000 prize.

“I feel so blessed,” he said.

After state and federal tax withholdings, Caddell took home $637,015, lottery officials said.

Babacar Samb, 36, of Jamestown captured the largest prize in Sunday’s Lucky for Life, winning a prize of $25,000 a year.

Samb, a machine operator, said he plans to use the money to buy a home for his wife and baby son, according to the release.

After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $275,925.

“I woke my wife up,” Samb said. “She couldn’t believe it.”

Water tests show chemical

PITTSBORO — Tests conducted on a Chatham County town’s water supply found more than double the amount of a potentially cancer-causing chemical, officials said.

Since early November, the town of Pittsboro has been performing almost daily tests for 1,4-Dioxane after city officials in Greensboro warned communities downstream of contamination in the Haw River. At first, town officials reduced the draw from the river in hopes that the contaminant would flow by.

Pittsboro Town Manager Chris Kennedy said it appeared the discharge had passed without making it into the town’s water treatment plant. He said while the town is confident the chemical has passed, there’s the possibility that it hasn’t.

$1.3M stolen from churches

Over 3,000 checks totaling $1.3 million disappeared from church mailboxes in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland over the course of three years.

Now, a 29-year-old man has admitted to his role in the alleged scheme.

Mateus Vaduva, of Baltimore pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bank and wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland said. Vaduva is one of at least seven people accused of raiding church mailboxes with the express intention of stealing donation checks to deposit in various fraudulent bank accounts.

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