HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg resident Johnie Roberts won a $100,000 payday in a United Way of Southeast Mississippi raffle.
His name was on the card pick by United Way of Southeast Mississippi President Tracie Fowler. She called him after the drawing at Keg and Barrel in Hattiesburg.
Fowler said for the first time in these drawings, the winner answered the phone live on WDAM 7. Roberts said he will use the money to take care of his house and fix it up.
"Oh, I thank the lord," Roberts said. "I thank the lord. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be able to make it," Roberts said.
United Way said nearly 2,000 tickets were sold, and after the prize giveaway, the organization raised $70,000.