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'It’s a good day,’ Charlotte mechanic says of winning a $300,000 BIG SPIN prize

November 20, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:10 AM

Yaya Kara of Charlotte said he’s going to make his kids dreams of having a house with a pool come true after he won a $300,000 BIG SPIN prize.

“They’ve been asking for a pool ever since they found out I had a chance to spin the wheel,” Kara said. “I’m planning to get a new home with a pool, but most importantly, I plan to take care of my mom.”

The auto mechanic’s good luck started when he stopped at the R&K Express Mart on Lawyers Road in Mint Hill. While there, he bought The BIG SPIN scratch-off ticket.

“I scratched it and saw a wheel,” Kara said. “I didn’t know what I won. I showed it to the clerk who scanned it. Music started playing so I knew I won something good. When I learned how much I could win, I was shocked and excited. It was a good day.”

Kara’s luck continued Tuesday at a live event in Raleigh. Surrounded by a crowd of supporters, Kara stepped up to the BIG SPIN prize wheel and gave it a spin. The crowd roared when the wheel stopped on $300,000.

“It’s a good day,” Kara said as he was presented with the big check.

After required state and federal tax withholdings, Kara took home $212,522.

The BIG SPIN scratch-off ticket launched in October. The $5 game has three levels of play. Players can win a cash prize instantly, or get directed to a website where they can spin a digital wheel and win a cash prize or a BIG SPIN. If they win a BIG SPIN prize, they get the chance to spin the BIG SPIN prize wheel during a live event and win up to $500,000. 

Ticket sales from games like The BIG SPIN make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 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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11/24/2019 08:39 - Machla P.

Hooray Yaya, Congrats on your awesome win. ??????

11/23/2019 03:35 - james e.

on a big spin I got a spin symbol, scanned it and no win. so all spins don't win right ?NC Lottery
Hi James, you must match one of your numbers to a number with a "Spin" prize. If you do match a number, your digital code will reveal what prize you won.

11/23/2019 09:06 - Gary C.

Got to love the Big Spin!!! Congratulations!!!

11/22/2019 07:58 - Ricky S.

Who do I need to get in touch with about 2nd chance drawing entries? Since the new and improved app came out in late October I have scanned in two MGM $10 scratch-offs and it shows up in the history but does not show that I have entered the third drawing.NC Lottery
Hi Ricky, If you aren't seeing your second-chance entries, you can reach out to our support team at They should be able to take a look and figure out what's going on.

11/21/2019 10:46 - mary b.

congrats on your big deserved win

11/21/2019 10:00 - Vivian p.

I love it, I love it, knowing that besides buying a home you are going to take care of MOM.That's a winner

11/21/2019 02:13 - yvonne f.

Ahh, Thanks!

11/21/2019 02:09 - yvonne f.

On desktop I don't see a log out option??NC Lottery
Hi there Yvonne, You can log out by clicking on your username in the upper right corner and choosing "Sign Out" at the bottom of that menu. If you aren't seeing that option, try hitting CTRL and - on your keyboard to zoom out.

11/21/2019 12:12 - Tim M.

@SHEILA I, I don't know, was it luck? Or did you study the numbers and then played 431 based on your research? If it was the latter, then you probably see my point. If course, some members will say it's luck, period, but I don't necessarily believe that. A few years ago 60 MINUTES featured some players who won big ALL THE TIME, even the bigger draws. Turns out they were MATH GENIUSES! They plotted probabilities and such and won hand over fist. You can probably find the episode online.

11/21/2019 11:20 - Brenda S.


11/21/2019 09:32 - arvin j.

Hello what is the count on supreme riches entries for Dec. 4th draw? NC Lottery
Hey Arvin, We're still waiting to get final entry numbers for that drawing. We'll be sure to update you as soon as we have that info to share!

11/21/2019 08:36 - henry m.

That could have been me.

11/21/2019 07:47 - Patricia M.

Awesome Praise God for your Blessings

11/20/2019 09:43 - Hatice K.

I was in Charlotte on 11-10-2019 came for concert. I live In Raleigh, I said to my self, hey you are In Charlotte, maybe I may win big in Charlotte, so I bought 2 Bigspin tickets, I got nothing. I cannot wait for my good luck to come to me, so I can win big too, but when, who knows. I don't even win money draw, I try so hard to win, nothing yet. I don't get it, why can't I win even from money draw, not even $100.00. I gave up scratch off tickets, I don't play anymore like I use to. No hope for me!:((

11/20/2019 06:46 - Sheila I.

@Tim M I finally got a pick 3 on Saturday's evening drawing. #431. I played $1.00 50/50 and won $290. It was definitely luck ??????

11/20/2019 03:54 - greg s.

game 655 50x is ending and still have winner left and also has 2nd chance drawing available. the x games are getting hard to find so this 2nd chance drawing needs to end early so it is fair for all players across the state

11/20/2019 12:26 - Tim M.

You're not going to believe this but I forgot again! I was going to place something the night before the Facebook drawing to remind me the next day at 1 PM but I procrastinated and forgot! Therefore, this didn't cross my mind at all. So..........when's the next opportunity? LOL. NC Lottery
Oh no! Sorry you missed it, Tim. We haven't had another Big Spin winner come in yet, so we don't have the next Big Spin Live event scheduled.

11/20/2019 12:09 - Rolanda H.


11/20/2019 11:50 - kevon g.

Congratulations good job.

11/20/2019 11:47 - Michael R.

Another big Cash 5 winner coming from an online player? I find it hard to believe that two big winners in the past month or so has come from online players when I assume they make up only 1 percent of all Cash 5 players. I assume 99% of all Cash 5 players play at convenient stores and grocery stores so this make the probability of having 2 winners within a few week almost impossible. If we had one winner then that's probable(its the luck of the straw) but for two only weeks apart makes it extremely unlikely. There is a reason that Raleigh/Durham areas, Charlotte area, Fayetteville and Greensboro/ Winston have most of the big winners and big scratch off winners. They have 65% of the states population.

11/20/2019 11:38 - vanessa b.


11/20/2019 09:04 - jesse h.

Good job

11/20/2019 08:29 - Randy N.

Congratulations! Awesomeness

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