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$200,000 win leads to investment opportunity for Cherokee County man

March 23, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:43 AM

Jess Nichols of Murphy said he will take his $200,000 in lottery winnings and invest in some real estate.

Nichols got a big return on a $5 investment on an Emerald Green 8s ticket bought at the Fastop Market on U.S 64 West in Murphy. He claimed the prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters and, after federal and state withholdings, took home, $141,501.

“It feels very good,” Nichols said. “It kind of hasn’t sunk in yet, to be honest with you.”

Nichols said he would pay some bills and then invest in real estate.

Emerald Green 8s tickets went on sale earlier this month with four top prizes of $200,000. Two top prizes of $200,000 remain.

More than $16 million in money raised by the lottery supported education programs in Cherokee County last year, including $15 million in school construction funds to help provide space for an Early College High School, Alternative High School, and a Career Academy. 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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3/26/2020 06:13 - Edith A.

I have tried to enter my tickets for the 2nd chance drawing but this site won't come up. Never had any trouble before, just wondering!NC Lottery
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3/25/2020 06:13 - Berry B.

Much Love to you!

3/25/2020 08:00 - Constance W.

Congratulations Mr. Jess!!

3/25/2020 04:17 - David B.

Where can I find a map of the scratch off winners location for 2020?NC Lottery
Hi there David! The blog team doesn't have that info on-hand, but you can email with your specific request and someone will work to create a report for you.

3/23/2020 04:14 - Gloria C.

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

3/23/2020 11:42 - Brenda S.


3/23/2020 11:09 - Teresa S.

Congratulations!! I have a question about the March basketball 5k promotion: how many entries are there, so far? Thank you!NC Lottery
Hey Teresa, Our latest numbers show that the Courtside Cash Lucke-Rewards drawing has 1,739,174 entries. We'll be receiving updated entry totals tomorrow, so feel free to check back then! EDIT: As of today, 3/24, the Courtside Cash drawing has 2,336,368 entries. Thanks!

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