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Jackpot dreams lead Iredell County man to $100,000 lottery prize

January 4, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:21 PM

Tom Scott of Statesville said dreams of winning a Powerball jackpot led him to a $100,000 scratch-off prize.

The retired quality control manager’s good fortune started the Saturday before Christmas when he went to get a Powerball ticket.

“I was a minute too late to get a ticket,” Scott said. “The clerk told me they had just stopped selling tickets for the drawing so I figured I’d get a scratch-off ticket instead.”

Scott asked for a Big Money Playbook.

“I won $30 on that one,” Scott said. “So I still thought I was pretty lucky, even if I didn’t get a Powerball ticket.” 

The next week, Scott stopped at the Circle K on Safriet Road in Statesville and decided to try his luck with the Big Money Playbook one more time.

“At first I thought I only won $10,000,” Scott said. “But then I scratched off the multiplier and realized I won $100,000. I started shaking like a leaf. It’s still hard to believe that I won.”

Scott claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,756. He plans to use most of the money for retirement, but said he also wants to take a trip with his wife.

“We really enjoy golf,” Scott said. “So there’s a good chance we’ll go to Florida to get a few rounds in.”

The Big Money Playbook launched in December with three top prizes of $1 million and four $100,000 prizes. Two $1 million prizes and one $100,000 prize remain. The $20 playbook has six pages of unique games. This is the first time the lottery has offered a playbook with multiple games.



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1/10/2019 01:05 - Carol H.

Where are numbers to enter the Big Money Playbook for lucky rewards?NC Lottery
Hey Carol, You can find the barcode on the bottom left portion of page 6 "Lucky Numbers". This shows exactly where the barcode is:

1/09/2019 05:38 - Crystal S.


1/09/2019 04:38 - Lavanda H.

For the second chance draw/Lucky rewards, How long does a winner have to contact headquarters to claim their winnings? What happens if they don't contact headquarters? I am asking because I see a couple of WN-TBA on the mega/power pack section that was in October and it's now January.NC Lottery
Great question, Lavanda. All Lucke-Rewards and second-chance winners have 30 days from the date they are notified to claim their prize. First we send an email, then make a phone call--leaving a message if necessary, and finally we mail a certified letter using the information in winners' Lucke-Rewards account. If the player has not claimed the prize after 30 days, the prizes goes to an alternate and the process starts over. This is a great reminder for everyone to double check that your email, phone number, and address are current. If you were to win a prize, we want to make sure you are able to be reached!

1/07/2019 06:32 - Charlie H.

Congratulations Tom, awesome win!

1/07/2019 03:58 - Gary C.

Sometimes you listen to those voices and they can lead you to great things. Congratulations!!!

1/06/2019 09:49 - shirley n.

Congratulations awesome win

1/06/2019 06:15 - Berry B.


1/06/2019 01:48 - Shika J.

I just love winner stories ??

1/05/2019 08:53 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

1/04/2019 09:44 - ANGELICA B.

Congratulations!!! I'm hoping to find one of those top tickets myself. Enjoy your vacation!

1/04/2019 07:17 - Gloria L.

Congratulations... I did win the price of the ticket back, lol... one day I look for my BIG payout...

1/04/2019 05:50 - Brian L.

Almost 2.5 million entries for Dazzling December! Yikes! You need almost half a million points to get 1% chance of winning. :(

1/04/2019 08:48 - Denver G.

Hey LZ, do you have the final count on the lucky rewards drawing and the two 2nd chance drawings that will be drawn next week 1/9 ?NC Lottery
You know it! Here they are: Dazzling December had 2,432,814 entries, Colossal Cash had 951,238 entries, and $25,000 Dream Makeover had 142,699 entries.

1/04/2019 08:33 - carolyn b.


1/04/2019 08:02 - David L.

Congratulations Scott Family.

1/04/2019 12:25 - DL H.

Wow North Carolina lottery players are off to a great start in January so far!! How awesome of a win. Congrats Tom Scott :-) Enjoy your retirement and we hope you take an awesome trip and have a great time.

1/03/2019 05:27 - Theodore H.

great story..

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