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‘I just won the big one,’ Randolph County farmer says of $150,000 prize

January 10, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 4:44 PM

James Black of Liberty said he’s going to give his home a makeover after he won a $150,000 lottery prize.

“The house has needed some repairs for a long time,” said Black, who grows hay for a cattle farm. “We’re going to get a new roof among other things.”

Black’s good luck started Friday when he stopped at the Liberty Food Mart on Alamance Church Road in Liberty and bought a $5 Spicy Hot Crossword scratch-off ticket. He brought the ticket home and started scratching. 

“I couldn’t believe it”, Black said. “I called for my wife and daughter to look.  I told them, ‘I just won the big one!’  I took it back to the store so they could scan it. When it says you won that much money, you just have to be sure.”
Black claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $106,126. 
Spicy Hot Crossword launched in May with four top prizes of $150,000. One top prize remains.

Ticket sales from games like Spicy Hot Crossword make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how $8.7 million in lottery funds made a difference in Randolph County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  


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1/14/2019 01:40 - Roslyn K.


1/14/2019 09:38 - Gary C.

Congratulations on your big win and getting your home upgraded.

1/13/2019 09:55 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

1/13/2019 07:16 - Charlie H.


1/12/2019 07:59 - joanie m.

I hope my phone rings to Donna for second chance drawing Congrats to you and your family Mr Black

1/11/2019 10:47 - Amber R.

Congratulations! What a blessing! Enjoy!

1/11/2019 09:40 - Danny P.

Your Media release says this prize was won on on Sunday Jan. 20 2019, 9 days from now ? NC Lottery
Hi Danny- Thanks for pointing out the error in the posting date.

1/11/2019 10:56 - Jody A.

Diffently can't make that farming in a few minutes!

1/10/2019 11:17 - DL H.

Congrats to James and his family. Enjoy your home makeover.Awesome story :-)

1/10/2019 06:54 - donna j.

Congrad to you..waiting on my phone call for the second chance drawing....????????????

1/10/2019 06:15 - Avis T.


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