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Cabarrus County mail carrier says $200,000 prize is ‘great gift’ for wedding anniversary

July 29, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:14 PM

Erik Jonson of Concord tried his luck on a Carolina Panthers scratch-off ticket and found himself the lucky winner of a $200,000 top prize.

Jonson, a mail carrier for 22 years, stopped at the Carolina Fast Mart on U.S. 601 in Concord on Sunday and bought a single $5 Carolina Panthers tickets along with a few other scratch-offs.

Once back at home, he scratched off his ticket. “I went outside on the patio and I scratched it off,” recalled Jonson. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness!’ It was just a blessing.”

Jonson claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.

“It’s gonna be a good anniversary for me and my wife,” said Jonson. “It’ll be our 14th wedding anniversary on Wednesday. This is a great gift for us.”

With the prize money, Jonson plans to “get some trust funds together” for each of the couple’s four children and use the rest to pay bills.

Carolina Panthers launched this month with four top prizes of $200,000. Two top prizes remain to be won.


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7/30/2020 07:14 - Mark Z.


7/29/2020 11:20 - Douglas H.

Happy Anniversary Erik. Hope you and your loved one have a wonderful time with your winnings

7/29/2020 09:13 - michael b.

Happy Anniversary Erik

7/29/2020 04:23 - Sheila I.

@ncel do the winners have a choice to receive a paper check or EFT transaction? Also, are the funds available same day?NC Lottery
Hey Sheila, For winners of prizes of $100,000 or more and those who win their prize as an annuity, they have the option of receiving their prize as either an EFT or a physical check. In most cases we issue the funds the same day, but depending on the bank policy for that individual, it may take a few days for the funds to clear into their account.

7/29/2020 03:26 - NDAYE K.


7/29/2020 02:54 - Anita A.

Congrats on your winnings & Happy Anniversary :)

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