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Morning coffee run turns into $750,000 lottery win for Statesville man

March 14, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:45 PM

For Dwight Copp of Statesville, a morning coffee run turned into a $750,000 lottery win.

“Each morning I get my cup of coffee and hang out with a couple of guys at the store,” Copp said. “Every now and then, I’ll buy a scratch-off ticket when I’m there.”

Copp bought the winning Jumbo Bucks ticket at the Home Run Market on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. He waited until he left the store to scratch the ticket.

“I always seem to win something when I scratch the ticket outside,” Copp said. “I also make sure the coin I scratch it with is facing heads up when I grab it. If it’s heads down, I’ll look for another one.”

Copp went to his car, grabbed a penny, and started scratching.

“When I saw the ‘17’ and ’17,’ I knew I at least got my money back,” Copp said. “When I scratched the prize amount, I thought, ‘Well this aint bad.’ I can’t tell you all the curse words I ended up using because I was so excited. I’m glad my routine finally paid off.”

Copp claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $530,628.

“This feels great,” Copp said when he got the check. “I’d marry it if I could. That’s how much I love it.”
Copp plans to use the money to build an enclosed deck on his house and get a new Dodge truck.

The $10 ticket launched in January 2018 with eight top prizes of $750,000. Two top prizes remain.

Ticket sales from games like Jumbo Bucks make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how $10.4 million in lottery funds made a difference in Iredell County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  



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3/18/2019 02:50 - Srinivasa K.

NC Lottery, is there a way to pull up all past winners for a scratch off - say for example 'Jumbo Bucks? Thanks.NC Lottery
Hi Srinivasa, there is not a way to view that information on our website directly. You can do a site search for "Jumbo Bucks" and all our releases on winners will come up. You can see that here: Alternatively, you can send a specific request to

3/18/2019 12:42 - George H.

Hey LZ I"m With Brent W. I Don"t Know Everyone In Lexington,But I Have Yet To Hear Of One That Won Big.

3/17/2019 09:53 - Eddie L.

Congrats !!!

3/17/2019 10:22 - Brent W.

Congratulations...Same routine will eventually pay off and it did. When will they put on Big Winners in Lexington NC folks around spend all their $$ trying to win big but nothing comes outta it but Badd Luck. NC Lottery
Hey Brent, there have been several big winners from Lexington! Check out some of their stories in these search results:

3/16/2019 08:17 - LASHONDREA N.


3/16/2019 08:55 - Richelle S.

How exciting!! What an awesome story, congrats on that big win!! *note to self...start sratching tickets outside ;)

3/15/2019 09:45 - makayla T.

Will a big winner ever come to Wilson. Smh

3/15/2019 09:26 - Darla J.

Is there a problem with buying tickets online? I keep getting a geo location error. From both my computer,multiple browsers, and my phone. NC Lottery
Hi Darla, we have not been seeing reports of geo-location errors from other players. You can try clearing your cache, and/or re-downloading the app. If you're still having connection issues, please contact our tech support line at: 1-855-767-1863

3/15/2019 10:31 - joanie m.

Congratulations great win

3/15/2019 08:39 - Jobelinda M.

Congrats on your win??, jumbo bucks is by far my favorite scratch ticket, I wish ncel would put out a family of the bucks tickets from 1 dollar to 20 dollar tickets, that would be fun???? just wishful thinkingNC Lottery
We're glad you like it! We will share your idea with the folks who create our tickets.

3/15/2019 12:30 - coleman h.


3/14/2019 11:55 - Dwight M.

Good 4 U Mr Copp. It's nice to have winner a winner this side of town. ??????

3/14/2019 09:38 - Teretha P.

There is never no big winner coming from harnett county , Dunn,n.c. sure would love to win big

3/14/2019 09:22 - carolyn b.


3/14/2019 09:13 - CHATI C.

Does anyone ever win in my area, Pitt County? I play everyday and has never one anything and I even play second chance drawings with hundreds of entries per game for years and has never won any of those, how does that workNC Lottery
Hey Chati, Pitt County has definitely had it's fair share of big winners! Here's a link to some of the past winners near you: We wish every player could be a big winner, but that's where the prize money comes from. It takes a lot of luck to win a prize, big or small. We hope your next ticket is a lucky one.

3/14/2019 06:29 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

3/14/2019 12:32 - Della B.

I am happy somebody is winning because there is nothing going on in Clinton. I don't even know why the lottery is even here in Clinton. I just as well quit playing and so had the others that live here and some of the surrounding areas.NC Lottery
Here's a quick link to some of the past winners near you:

3/13/2019 09:13 - Ivella B.


3/13/2019 04:26 - Nichole L.

Omg congratulations to Dwight, the lucky winner! Hopefully, my turn will come soon!

3/13/2019 03:36 - Kurtis R.

This hasn’t happened yet, today is the 13th and the “reportedly” happened on the 3/14/2019....... something’s not right here??NC Lottery
Hey there Kurtis, Dwight claimed his prize this morning, March 13, at lottery headquarters. If you're referring to the date on the top of the blog post, that is just a function with the blog platform for us to select the "posted date".

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