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Veteran uses $100,000 prize to help his children follow their dreams

February 14, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:10 AM

Michael Buinicky of Charlotte said he plans to use a $100,000 lottery prize to help his children follow their dreams.

“My son just got accepted to grad school in Europe and my daughter is saving for her first home,” said Buinicky, an Air Force veteran. “I never thought I’d be able to help them like this.”

Buinicky said he had just finished his shift at Carmax and was heading to the store when he decided to stop by the EZ Mart on Monroe Road in Charlotte. While he was there, he bought a $20 100X The Cash scratch-off ticket. At first he wasn’t sure what he’d won.

“I thought it was only a thousand,” Buinicky said. “And then I thought, ‘Great! It’s $10,000.’ But I kept scratching and realized it was $100,000!”

Buinicky claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,507.

“I just keep thinking, ‘What If I hadn’t stopped?’” Buinicky said. “Someone else could have bought that ticket. I was at the right place at the right time.”

Buinicky is the first player to win a big prize playing 100X The Cash. The game launched earlier this month with three $4 million prizes, six $1 million prizes, and six $100,000 prizes. Three $4 million, six $1 million and five $100,000 prizes remain.  

Ticket sales from instant games like 100X The Cash make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education.



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2/17/2018 12:45 - Ms Xzavier C.

Congratulations and Thank You for serving!

2/15/2018 05:28 - Gregory F.

It does seem funny that most of the big winners are in the Charlotte area and play area hit and miss every where else. Congratulations to the winner you are truly blessed. Looking for my blessing. Put some big money in Ahoskie please.

2/15/2018 12:02 - valerie w.

Congratulations on your win my day is coming real soon God bless you also I have a question when we scan your tickets do we need to keep them for the second chance or we just throw them away I would like to hear back NC Lottery
Valerie-Once you collect the points for the tickets you scan, you do not need to keep them.

2/14/2018 11:37 - jennifer s.

Congratulations waiting to hit in conover area

2/14/2018 05:31 - danny w.

Good deal right place right time.

2/14/2018 03:18 - Ashley W.

congratulations awesome blessing

2/14/2018 01:59 - Berry B.

Congrats MICHEAL.Not being funny or joking,it seems like most of the winners r in Charlotte,The Triads Area or The Triangle Area,the rest r sprinkled around,like 1 here,1 there?

2/14/2018 01:52 - Denver G.

Congrats Mike !!! So true, right place , right time , right choice of ticket ta boot.

2/14/2018 10:09 - Maurice H.

Congratulations Micheal

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