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$200,000 BIG SPIN prize means a dream home for Bladen County mechanic

November 6, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:11 AM

James Todd of Clarkton said he plans to buy his dream home after he won a $200,000 BIG SPIN prize.

“I’m not sure what the home will look like yet,” Todd said. “I never thought I’d be in a position to do this. Right now, my dream is just to have something in my name.”

The auto mechanic’s good fortune started when he stopped at the Sun-Do Kwik Shop on Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton on his way to work. While there, he tried his luck and bought a $5 The BIG SPIN scratch-off ticket.

“I thought I was looking at a fake ticket,” Todd said. “I didn’t believe it until I took it to the claim center to have them check it.”

Once he realized what he won, he immediately called his mother to share the good news.

“I told her, ‘Mom. I’m freaking out right now. I just won a ton of money,’” Todd said. “I wasn’t expecting this.”

Todd, accompanied by his mother, spun the BIG SPIN prize wheel Tuesday during a live event in Raleigh. Todd said he already knew how he was going to spin the wheel before he came in.

”I’m going to give the wheel a pretty decent spin and hope for the best,” Todd said. 

An excited crowd cheered Todd on as he stepped up to the wheel, grabbed the side, and gave it a spin. When the wheel stopped on $200,000 a burst of confetti flew through the air and he celebrated by giving his mother a big hug.

“This feels good,” Todd said. “Really good.”

After required state and federal tax withholdings, Todd took home $141,763.

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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11/09/2019 09:12 - Vivian p.

Congratulations James. Enjoy your new home and continuing Blessing your mom. Again enjoy.a new home for the Holidays??????????????

11/08/2019 03:48 - Tiesha A.

Hi i won 30 dollars on my virtual spin thank you nc lottery hope to win even bigger next purchase lol

11/08/2019 09:12 - Chasity M.

Is these tickets still available?NC Lottery
They sure are! There are still 5 Big Spin prizes left to be claimed.

11/08/2019 08:06 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and your family. Keep on playing and be blessed.

11/06/2019 04:55 - Robert C.

Way to go Big James!! Congratulations!!

11/06/2019 03:44 - Nancy P.

please shake up the Luck-E rewards drawings. Not many winners in the Jacksonville/Onslow county area. I'll keep trying!!!!!

11/06/2019 01:16 - henry m.

How many spins do you get? NC Lottery
The player gets to spin the wheel once. If the spin does not meet the minimum requirements by going around 3 times or there is another reason to invalidate the spin, the winner will get another chance to spin.

11/06/2019 12:24 - Tim M.

Hey LZ, when's the next Facebook event? I forgot again! Having a doctor's appointment at the same time probably didn't help my memory. Another question, this guy won $200,000 and took home $141,763. On one of the other blogs someone won the same amount on whatever it was but took home $141,501. What's up with the $262 difference?NC Lottery
Sorry we missed you, Tim! The next Big Spin event is set for Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.. As a part of the Big Spin live event experience, each winner has the choice to receive a hotel stay in Raleigh leaving up to the event as well as a $100 gift card to use during their stay. Those additional items were included in the taxable amount. Hope this helps!

11/06/2019 11:06 - Brenda S.

Fanastic. I won fifty bucks, spinning on computer, LOVE playing.

11/06/2019 10:27 - jasenia c.

congratulations on your win

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