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Rowan County housemates to get new home with $150,000 lottery prize

January 9, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:56 AM

Joe Griffith and Walter Fyler of Salisbury said they plan to get a new home after they won a $150,000 lottery prize.

The friends and housemate’s, good luck started Saturday when they stopped at the Murphy Express on Freeland Drive in Salisbury and bought six Happy Holidays scratch-off tickets. They waited until later that afternoon to scratch them.

“I was taking a nap when Joe scratched them,” Fyler said. “I woke up to a knock on my door and Joe asking, ‘Are my eyes deceiving me?’ I thought maybe he won a few hundred dollars, but when I saw the three zeros, I was like, ‘Wow! It actually happened.’ I jumped and clicked my heels. It was exciting. ”

Griffith and Fyler claimed the prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, they split $106,126. 

The $5 scratch-off ticket launched in November with three top prizes of $150,000. One top prize remains. This month, players can also enter their holiday scratch-off tickets into a second-chance drawing for a chance to win $50,000. The deadline to enter the Feb. 5 drawing is Friday, Jan. 31.

Ticket sales from games like Happy Holidays 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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1/14/2020 11:18 - Paul C.

Nice hit boys

1/13/2020 08:38 - joanie m.

Congratulations to you both

1/13/2020 04:15 - nc s.

Can we get a spotlight on the Pick 4 winners that are winning 50,000 to 150,000 a week playing-and a lot are repetitive- which seems like outstanding luck.NC Lottery
Pick 4 is popular with our players, so it's no surprise there are lots of folks taking a chance to win. We don't know how many tickets these players buy, but it’s possible they get a lot of them and get very lucky when their numbers hit. We have strict rules in place to ensure that every set of numbers has exactly the same chance of being drawn in every drawing. All of our live drawings are open to the public. If you're interested in attending, just give our security team a call at 1-888-732-6235.

1/13/2020 01:16 - DEB L.

I can't scan my tickets after the update?NC Lottery
Hey Deb, We're not sure why that's happening. Is there a specific ticket that you're having trouble scanning? Our support team can help figure out what's going on at

1/12/2020 10:14 - Mariel A.

Congratulations fellas

1/11/2020 12:44 - Donna H.

Any idea when the web site link to manually enter tickets for LR will be working? I called last week and was told they were working on it. Likewise, you can't click on drop down menu to see draws, tickets entered etc. NC Lottery
Everything looks to be working on our end, Donna. Please try clearing your browser cache and then restarting. Once you log back in, wait until the spinning circle disappears from your shopping cart in the upper right. Then click on the page you are wanting to visit. Hope this helps!

1/10/2020 05:08 - Rachel P.

Has the reindeer riches winners been notified yet?NC Lottery
They have! Typically our team notifies the winners for our Lucke-Rewards drawings within 48 hours of the draw day. That means they should have all bee notified by the end of the day yesterday. As the winners respond to us and complete the claim process, we will update the website with their info. Winners have up to 30 days to respond and claim. Thanks!

1/10/2020 08:23 - Gloria C.

Congradulations to you both .I wish you both many more happy wins.

1/10/2020 06:27 - KARENE C.

God is good.Bless y'all.

1/09/2020 08:10 - Sheila I.

I love when winners don't have a problem splitting their winnings ??

1/09/2020 12:39 - Anita A.


1/09/2020 11:20 - JULIA J.

First thanks for adding the number of entries that we have in the Lucke Rewards. But it’s showing that I have zero entries in the Reindeer Riches which I know I had quite a few in.NC Lottery
Hey there Julia, Please reach out to our help team at and someone can look into why your points aren't showing up.

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