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Rowan County man stops for gas and wins life-changing $1 million prize

June 10, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:09 AM

Tyler Wagoner of Salisbury is good on gas money and so much more after winning $1 million playing $1,000,000 Back Scratch.

“This win means I can move my dad in with me,” said Wagoner, a chef at Danny’s Place in Rockwell. “Before I was worrying about having enough gas to get places. Now, I’m set. I can start taking care of stuff.”

Wagoner stopped for gas at the Circle K on East Main Street in Rockwell and bought a $5 ticket, which he won $25 on. He was about to get back in his car with his winnings when luck struck again.

“I was leaving and this ticket caught my eye,” said Wagoner. “It was in the #6 spot, which is my lucky number. I thought, “Might as well.” I scratched it right there and saw I had won $1 million. I was just like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe it.’”

The very first person Wagoner called to share the good news with was his dad.

“We’re always joking to each other about winning the lottery,” he said. “When I called him up, he thought it was a joke. He made me send him a picture of me holding the ticket up to my face before he would believe me!”

Wagoner claimed his prize Thursday. He had a choice of taking the $1 million as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum and after tax withholdings took home $424,503.

The $10 ticket launched in September with five top prizes of $1 million. Since Wagoner claimed the last top prize, the lottery will take steps to end the game.

Ticket sales from instant games like $1,000,000 Back Scratch make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for the state. For details on how $7.9 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Rowan County, visit the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


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6/17/2019 09:49 - kenneth m.

Enjoy the money!

6/16/2019 10:40 - Pamela M.

Congratulations! It’s great that you’re using your winnings to take care of your dad.

6/16/2019 09:25 - clyde c.

Congradulations! I never can hit anything, unfortunately. But I glad for the ones that do. Maybe my ship will come in one day.

6/14/2019 07:09 - Linda S.

CONGRATULATIONS!! I am always happy to hear when someone so deserving win. And you looking after your daddy is wonderful. God Bless

6/14/2019 01:27 - Charlie H.

Congratulations Mr. Wagoner, enjoy!

6/13/2019 06:38 - Timothy J.


6/13/2019 07:31 - Berry B.

Very nice ??,I am so happy for you Mr.T.W.,much Love to you!!

6/11/2019 02:27 - Heather L.

Best I won was $500...I kind of liked this game. Hopefully I can still find Hit $5,000 around Garner.

6/11/2019 11:28 - Elizabeth C.

That’s what I’m talking about! This was so uplifting! Congratulations and best wishes to you and your dad.

6/11/2019 02:33 - Trudy L.

Congratulations !!!!

6/10/2019 09:52 - lori j.


6/10/2019 05:33 - stan m.

Enjoy the winnings, I'm happy you are going to help your dad with the cash.

6/10/2019 04:49 - DL H.

Woooo Hoooo Way to go Tyler!! Enjoy your awesome win

6/10/2019 11:13 - gina p.


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