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Retired UPS driver wins $200,000 scratch-off prize

June 16, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:39 AM
Vincent Bonanno of Apex made a stop for lottery tickets Monday morning and walked out of the store as the first winner of a Bonus Bucks $200,000 top prize.

Bonanno, a retired UPS driver, purchased his lucky $5 ticket from the Food Lion on West William Street in Apex and scratched it right there in the store. 

“I never expected it to be the $200,000,” he said. “The first thing I did was I looked at it, and then I held it to my heart and I looked up and I said, ‘Thank you.’ I couldn’t believe I won that amount of money.”

He went straight home to share the news with his wife and daughter.

“I walked into the house and I told my wife, “We’re going to make a donation to our church and we’re going to buy a new car,’” said Bonanno. “She said, ‘No, we’re going out to dinner tonight!’”

The two drove straight to lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After federal and state taxes, he took home $141,501. They planned their celebratory dinner Monday night.

“I always said I was going to win,” said Bonanno. “I said this day is going to come sometime that I do win a big amount and it did today.”

Bonus Bucks launched this month with six top prizes of $200,000. Five remain to be won.



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6/30/2020 10:32 - Oriental S.

Good for you my fellow Teamster.Be prepared expect the unexpected. Congrats

6/18/2020 09:44 - Douglas H.

Excellent. Way to go Vincent. Enjoy retirement:-)

6/17/2020 04:26 - Berry B.


6/17/2020 10:21 - Johnice D.

Way to Go!

6/17/2020 08:58 - john j.

A retired Estes driver wants to win also

6/17/2020 08:44 - Alfred S.


6/17/2020 07:06 - roberta n.

Congratulations, Enjoy your retirement and your winnings.

6/17/2020 06:36 - Chuck F.

Congratulations brother. I'm a UPS driver. Trying to win big so I can retire early. Enjoy, you deserve it for all we do.

6/16/2020 11:47 - Alison T.

if you win the 2nd chance drawing do you have to have the ticket you entered when you pick up your prize ?NC Lottery
Great question, Alison. No, you do not need to hold onto the ticket you entered in order to claim a second-chance win.

6/16/2020 08:35 - Dorothy M.

Money consistently stays in RDU and surrounding areAsNC Lottery
Anywhere there are more chances being taken to win—for example Raleigh—the odds will play out more often there over time. You'll have a larger volume of both winning and non-winning tickets in proportion with the odds. That has no effect on the likelihood of a particular ticket winning or not winning a prize, whether it be in a big city or a small town. It has to be that way in order for the lottery to be fair to everyone.

6/16/2020 06:41 - elizabeth j.

Congratulations to u.

6/16/2020 02:55 - Denver G.

AWESOME WIN. Congrats , from 1 retired Teamster to another. Well played my NC brother.

6/16/2020 02:38 - DoRhonda W.

Congrats... Peace, Love be with you!!!

6/16/2020 01:48 - Bryant G.

Congrats Bud. I ain’t mad atcha

6/16/2020 12:49 - Tiffiny H.


6/16/2020 10:41 - joanie m.

Congratulations great win I also had a question on 12/17/2019 a group won mega millions but when you look back at 12/17/19 it has a 0 for the winner i know in Ohio u don't have to revile your name i just didn't understand why on your web site it shows 0 winnersNC Lottery
Hi Joanie, Our website only shows winners from tickets purchased in North Carolina. If a winning ticket was purchased in another state, it will not show up on our website's totals.

6/16/2020 10:34 - Teresa S.

Congrats to him! I wish they'd send some winning tickets to Charlotte! Btw, could you tell me how many entries are in the June 10k drawing? Thank you! NC Lottery
Hi Teresa, The Tropical Treasure Lucke-Rewards drawing currently has 2,004,518 entries. Good luck!

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