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Catawba County couple's luck changes with $200,000 lottery win

July 11, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:00 AM

Travis Hairston of Newton can’t believe his luck after winning $200,000 playing the new Blazing 7’s game.

“I didn’t think it was real,” said Hairston. “My heart near about jumped out of my chest when I saw I had won.”

Hairston bought the lucky $5 ticket at the Propst Superette on N.C. 10 in Newton. When he scratched to reveal the ticket’s top prize of $200,000, he called his wife immediately.

“I was crying on Facetime to her,” said Hairston. “I said, ‘Don’t freak out, but I think I just won $200,000.’”

“I was in disbelief,” said his wife, Miranda. “He had to flip the phone around to show me the ticket. And then I started crying too!”

The couple, who have been married fifteen years, called Miranda’s mom to share the good news.

“We’ve had some bad luck lately and she’s always been there for us,” said Miranda. “Now with this win we feel like we can be there for her too.”

Hairston claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh Tuesday. After tax withholdings, he took home $141,501. He and his wife plan to put most of the money into savings, buy a new truck, and upgrade their wedding rings.

“Things like this don’t happen to us,” said Hairston. “It feels like our luck has really turned around.”

The Blazing 7’s game started this month with four top prizes of $200,000. Two top prizes were won in the game’s first week. Two more top prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from draw games and scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how $9.6 million in lottery funds made a difference in Catawba County last year, visit the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


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7/14/2019 11:26 - janice i.


7/14/2019 12:44 - Briskel L.

Congratulations to you both

7/13/2019 01:16 - Berry B.

Congrats to u both!

7/13/2019 09:44 - Ruth C.

So very happy for you.

7/11/2019 10:00 - Cynthia W.

Congrats Travis and Miranda...this pic deserves a your bedroom. ??. Can't let everyone know...God Bless

7/11/2019 07:31 - Jovonnia M.

Congratulations to you and your family.

7/11/2019 05:02 - DL H.

@ Linda S - what great words. We love it!!

7/11/2019 04:10 - Albert N.


7/11/2019 03:49 - Kelly R.

Is it my imagination why is all the winners never in Wake County or RaleighNC Lottery
Hi Kelly, we've seen lots of winners in Wake County! Here's a peek at a few: William Jaworovich of Raleigh won a Cash 5 jackpot of $647,755 and Bianca Judd of Wake County won $110,000 also playing Cash

7/11/2019 03:38 - Linda S.

Joy always comes in the morning!!!!Enjoy!!!

7/11/2019 03:19 - DL H.

Way to go Travis. Look at that winning smile Enjoy it all .

7/11/2019 02:43 - Sheila I.


7/11/2019 02:34 - Elizabeth C.

I don’t know Travis personally but there are a lot of Hairstons I do know. Wonderful family and I am delighted for him and his wife. What a blessing and they are so appreciative. Nice story!

7/11/2019 11:50 - Brenda S.

Happy for you. Good luck.

7/11/2019 11:50 - Keshawn M.


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