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Tennessee man finds $100,000 worth of luck in North Carolina

December 9, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 4:55 PM
Melvin Rose of Waynesboro, Tenn. says his luck is right here in North Carolina after a $100,000 scratch-off win.
Rose’s good luck happened while in Hickory for a three-week long painting and restoration job. He stopped at the Raceway off U.S. 321 to buy three $5 scratch-off tickets. The cashier accidentally handed him three 100X the Cash tickets that cost $20 each. He proceeded with buying them because his instinct told him that they were meant for him.
His first ticket didn’t win a prize and his second garnered him $20. He found his big prize on the third.
“You know,” said Rose. “There’s a reason she gave those to me. My luck’s here in North Carolina!”
Rose’s face beamed as he claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home a check for $70,756.
“It’s my first time in North Carolina too,” he said of the day’s events. When asked what he planned to do with the money, he said, “I’m taking my friends out to lunch, paying off some bills, and I’ve always wanted to take a cruise down to the Caribbean.”
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


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12/12/2019 08:57 - michael c.

I won $100 on the new 100X game this past Monday. But not much eise.

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

@SHEILA I, the Bucks games have never been good for me, whether Junior or whatever. I have a neighbor that won on the Junior one seemingly all the time. I was lucky if I broke even. Some of the newer games are just as bad.

12/12/2019 03:35 - Annette B.

Congratulations, wish we had more winners in Sanford

12/11/2019 06:50 - Sheila I.

@richard s. Mega Bucks are duds ?? here in Charlotte too. The worst of the worst. 2nd to any of the "loaded games" ????

12/11/2019 10:56 - Brenda S.


12/11/2019 09:04 - john a.

I'm still waiting to score a free keno ticket.

12/10/2019 11:56 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you. I wish you many more happy wins .

12/10/2019 10:51 - Shante C.


12/10/2019 07:05 - Dorothy B.

Congratulations! Very HAPPY for you!

12/10/2019 05:03 - Richard S.

I just want to say that the MEGA BUCKS scratch offs on the west side of Greensboro much be all losers. lol If I hit, it's for maybe $5.00. good luck to everyone.

12/10/2019 04:24 - Michael R.

Lamont, I was about to ask the same thing. Had the Cash 5 winner been an online player again, I was about to launch an investigation myself because that makes no sense to have 3 online winners in the Cash 5 in 2 months when 95% of us buys tickets at convenient stores and grocery stores. NC Lottery
While most of our big winners are from in-store purchases, the odds of winning online are exactly the same. You're right that there are simply fewer people playing online compared to at retailers. However, the amount of folks who enjoy playing online has been growing, so it's no surprise that we've seen more online winners lately. Finding a winning ticket is all a matter of luck! :)

12/10/2019 02:23 - lamont f.

Was last night Cash 5 winner online also?NC Lottery
It wasn't. Last night's winning Cash 5 ticket was sold at the J Food Mart on Simpkins Rd. in Raleigh.

12/10/2019 01:37 - Denver G.

LZ, I know you can't know for sure, but it is a safe bet you are correct. I noticed it the same day Kenneth did. It might help people see the remaining prizes on scratchers if you made the small change I suggested earlier. Where it says "PLAY NOW". Change that to "GAMES". NC Lottery
Thanks for sharing your suggestion, Denver. We will share your insight with our website team.

12/10/2019 11:04 - Tim M.

How did someone know he won on the old game? I don't see any indication of that in the article nor any pics. Is this someone who knows the winner? Or is it someone who was there when he bought them?NC Lottery
We can't say for sure. It could be that he noticed that the prizes remaining changed for the older version of 100X The Cash and not the newer one.

12/10/2019 11:02 - Denver G.

OMG!! Last nights LFL win makes the 2nd time in 4 weeks. 4th since Aug and 7th time this year someone from NC won $25,000 a year for life. Way to go NC. I bought a $2 ticket, hit 3 #s and won $20.

12/10/2019 10:53 - RHONDA L.

WOW that was meant for him!! Congratulations

12/10/2019 10:27 - john a.

Why Is It Every Time I entry 8 to 10 Tickets I Have To Sign AgainNC Lottery
Hi John, Sorry about that. Our website has enhanced security measures to help protect our player's info and will automatically sign you out after a few minutes if you stay on the same page. We recommend refreshing the page after a few tickets to ensure that you don't get signed out.

12/10/2019 10:21 - Mary W.

LOVE this story!!!

12/10/2019 09:31 - GREG F.

Iam next after me Ann :)

12/10/2019 08:45 - Denver G.


12/10/2019 05:47 - carolyn b.

Hi Carolyn, Last night's $25,000 A Year For Life winner was one of our online players!

12/10/2019 04:39 - Tim M.

Is the daily LUCK-E Rewards still 75 tickets? I'm virtually certain it's cutting me short. I enter a lot at night while watching TV. Sometimes I fall asleep while doing so. It cut me off tonight before I nodded off. I counted the tickets when I woke up. I got 59 but I might have made a mistake and it could've been 60. Do you know what's going on here?NC Lottery
Hey there Tim, The daily limit hasn't changed, so we're not sure why it would stop allowing you to enter your tickets. If this happens again, please reach out to our support team at and let them know about this so that they can investigate further.

12/09/2019 08:40 - Beverly W.


12/09/2019 07:48 - Kenneth F.

He won on the old 100X ticket didn't he? That is a picture of the new 100X ticket that he is holding.NC Lottery
That's right, Kenneth. He won $100,000 from game #594, which is the older version of 100X The Cash, we just didn't have any checks ready that had that ticket graphic on it when he came in to claim.

12/09/2019 07:47 - vanessa b.


12/09/2019 06:02 - Sheila I.

I bought 2 on Saturday and they were both duds ??. I think it's time for me to call it quits ????. Congrats to him tho'??

12/09/2019 05:59 - Mary H.


12/09/2019 05:42 - Ann F.

Iam next

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