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$200,000 lottery win means new Dodge Challenger for Christmas

December 6, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:46 AM

For James Holt Jr. of Thomasville, a craving for something crunchy led him to a $200,000 lottery prize.

The customer service rep’s good fortune happened Tuesday night while he was running errands. He stopped by the Food Mart on Randolph Street in Thomasville to buy a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. While he was there, he decided to get some scratch-off tickets.
“I knew it was First Tuesday,” Holt said. “So I asked the clerk to show me which tickets were new.”

He bought two Win It All tickets and took them back to his car. 

“At first I thought I’d only won my money back,” Holt said. “When I saw the zeros, I went into a state of shock.”

The shock wore off when Holt claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,003. He plans to use some of the money to get himself an early Christmas present.

“I’m going to get a Dodge Challenger,” Holt said. “I’ve been eyeing those cars for a long time now. I can’t believe I can finally get one.”
Every first Tuesday of the month the lottery launches new scratch-off games. Holt is the first player to win a top prize since the $5 game launched earlier this week. Three $200,000 prizes remain.

Ticket sales from games like Win It All make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  



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12/14/2018 10:41 - Feraldo R.

Congratulations. Enjoy that car. Merry Christmas

12/12/2018 08:22 - Kevin H.

Still no big winners on the coast...been following for years. I dont anyone would waste there money on scratch offs on the east coast. You never ever see it. Not even in the 2nd chance drawings. SMH.NC Lottery
The great thing about lottery games is that no matter where you are in the state, you have the same chance of winning as anyone else. While we have seen some big winners from the coast, you might not see them as often because there are simply fewer people taking a chance to win in your area. In highly populated areas like Raleigh or Charlotte, there are more people playing creating a larger amount of both winning and non-winning tickets. We posted a link to some of the past coastal winners on your comment on the other blog post, we hope you'll take a look!

12/09/2018 04:57 - christopher w.

Congrats Bruh! I know you're going to enjoy it (I have a Charger). It's gonna be the best car you'll ever own! Happy Holidays!!!!!!!

12/09/2018 03:26 - Audra S.

Wow James! Good For you!

12/08/2018 02:05 - otis j.


12/07/2018 10:23 - janice i.


12/07/2018 07:36 - Kirk X F.

Merry Christmas!!! I'm so happy for you.

12/07/2018 06:31 - John S.

My bank denied my purchase. Shows funds are going to Vegas?

12/07/2018 06:17 - Inga J.

Congrats James! Enjoy your new car.

12/07/2018 04:32 - Elmer K.


12/07/2018 10:54 - LaDeidra S.

I wish this was me I really need this in my life. Congrats Jim

12/07/2018 10:10 - Linda S.

I think I will be the next big winner. I really deserve it.

12/07/2018 07:16 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

12/06/2018 10:50 - JIM B.

Would you be so kind as to listing how many entries were submitted for the Thanks A Plenty drawing? ThanksNC Lottery
We'd be happy to, Jim! The Thanks a Plenty drawing had 1,579,637 entries.

12/06/2018 10:49 - Janette B.

Congrat’s and I know the money is a big lift to you and your family.

12/06/2018 09:58 - Maurice H.

Congratulations Mr. Holt! I am so happy for you. I am awaiting my blessing also. Enjoy your new car.

12/06/2018 08:47 - DL H.

Congratulations James. Enjoy the awesome car. Merry Christmas and God Bless you

12/06/2018 08:38 - Roger K.

WOW! Tickets just came out 2 days ago. Already a big winner! Congratulations on your big win!

12/06/2018 07:00 - Marsha L.

Please send some winning tickets to Kinston,NC.... Happy for you, sir...

12/06/2018 03:56 - Denver G.

Hey LZ, I'm a wee bit confused. When you click on the different tabs for the weekly drawing of $100, one says 10 winners & another one says 25 winners. Same weekly contest for Dec.. What gives??NC Lottery
Sorry for the confusion, Denver! Looks like we had a typo on our report. It should say 10 winners. It should be corrected shortly!

12/06/2018 02:45 - Berry B.

Another Great 2$(neon7),cannot win nothing,just like them Back scratch ones!

12/06/2018 01:27 - Gregory F.

Congratulations James on your big win you are truly blessed enjoy your blessing from GOD. And your new Dodge what a great Christmas blessing. I'm waiting on my blessing need a blessing real bad.

12/06/2018 12:25 - Tom a.

Taylorsville Times newspaper.NC Lottery
Hey Tom, Unfortunately we don't have a copy of that newspaper on-hand, so we aren't sure which win you are looking at. None of the big winners in the past few weeks have been from Taylorsville.

12/06/2018 11:48 - Tom a.

Who was the million dollar winner from Taylorsville?NC Lottery
Hey Tom, Blog moderator's aren't sure what winner you are referring to. Can you let us know where you saw a $1 million winner from Taylorsville?

12/06/2018 11:25 - Denver G.

To all those concerned about the 2nd chance & lucky rewards drawings that took place Wed.. BE PATIENT GRASSHOPPER! For 2nd chance there were 56 for the Holiday & 21 for the Panthers, total of 77!! For Lucky Rewards there were 50 for the Thanks a Plenty & 25 for the Quick Cash, total of 75. Combined total of 152. That's a lot of winnings entries for the computer to pick. Then the security staff has to match those #s and verify those with the players account . Then send out all the emails. The rules clearly state winners will be notified typically within 48hrs via email !! You may not get an email till next week.

12/06/2018 11:15 - Angel W.


12/06/2018 10:19 - Gary C.

Congratulations on your big win!!! Enjoy your new car over the holidays!!

12/06/2018 09:43 - Jennifer W.

I think it's amazing how people in but I'm starting to think these lottery numbers are fake. I also believe these are hired actresses.NC Lottery
Not to worry, Jennifer--our winners are real! Sometimes they even visit our Facebook page to talk about their big wins!

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