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Lucky feeling leads Lenoir dog lover to a $200,000 lottery win

October 14, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:57 PM

The tug of just a lucky feeling led Linda Nadeau of Lenoir to stop on the way home from getting her car serviced Tuesday and win a $200,000 prize.

“I was driving down the road and I had a feeling I should stop at that store,” Nadeau said, “and I had a feeling I should get that ticket.”

The stop came at Ellie’s Crossroad Market on Morganton Boulevard. The ticket Nadeau got was a $10 Bigger Spin scratch-off.

Nadeau and her husband have always owned rescue dogs. While she is still deciding how best to spend her prize money, one thing for sure is that the couple’s Yorkie, bichon and mixed-breed will be well taken care of.

“I told my little dogs, ‘well now you can sure have all the chicken jerky treats you want!’” Nadeau said after learning about her win.

Nadeau said the win brought a bright note to a day spent paying for a car repair and updates for family phones. She claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings she took home $141,503.

The retired warehouse assistant said she always dreamed about winning a lottery prize. “Somebody has to win the big prize,” she said, “and it might as well be me.”

The Bigger Spin game launched in September with five $200,000 prizes that could be won instantly. Three $200,000 scratch-off prizes remain to be won. The game’s biggest prize will come to five lucky winners who get to participate in a live event where they spin a giant prize wheel for a prize ranging from $400,000 to $2 million. All five “Bigger Spin” events remain to be won.

A $15 million grant, using money raised by the lottery, is helping Caldwell County build the new Granite Falls Middle School scheduled to open this winter. For details on other ways Caldwell County benefits from lottery funds, visit and click on the “Impact” section.


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10/17/2021 11:21 - Mark H.

when scanning tickets with new app angle ticket back at nearly a 90 degree angle from phone,do not face phone directly at ticket.

10/15/2021 08:08 - Amy G.


10/14/2021 11:29 - DL H.

Congratulations Nadeau Family :-) NCEL. The update from my note the other day the ticket scanner is still not working on my iPhone I read where there was another release for an app update but we didn’t get it we spoke into the lottery twice and I’ve done everything possible but it’s still not workingNC Lottery
Hi DL, we're sorry to hear that. Our engineers are still looking into the issue to continue making improvements. Are you able to scan tickets at all? Please reach out on and someone can provide more personalized assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

10/14/2021 08:25 - William D.

How many 2nd chance drawing will there be for the Bigger Spin?NC Lottery
Hi, William! There will be 1 second chance drawing for the Bigger Spin game. Hope this helps!

10/14/2021 06:25 - Sonya V.

Happy for ya

10/14/2021 04:32 - emma w.

When will the bigger spin event take place?NC Lottery
Great question, Emma! We are waiting for a winner to claim a Bigger Spin prize from their ticket - once that happens, we will schedule our Live spin event. We hope to have a lucky winner claim soon!

10/14/2021 02:55 - JIA L.

Is NCEL still working on the scanning system on mobile app? It still works so bad while scanning ticket checker but just doing fine with lucky rewardsNC Lottery
Hi Jia! We released an update to the app a few days ago to fix some bugs with the scanner, but are monitoring to see if it has improved since. If your app is up-to-date and the issues are continuing, please reach out to us at and we will be happy to assist further! We apologize for any inconvenience.

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