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Watauga County man wins big the day before Thanksgiving

November 24, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:12 PM

Johnny Sanders of Zionville took a chance on a $5 Holiday Cheer scratch-off ticket and won a $150,000 prize the day before Thanksgiving.

Sanders purchased his ticket at the Valley Grocery on U.S. 421 North in Zionville. He claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and, after federal and state tax withholdings, took home $106,126.

Holiday Cheer launched in November with four $150,000 top prizes. Two $150,000 top prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how money raised by the lottery made a difference in Watauga County in 2020, visit and click on the “Impact” section.


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11/28/2021 01:49 - Angela B.

Praise the Lord!

11/26/2021 07:43 - George M.

Very nice

11/25/2021 09:09 - Nancy P.


11/25/2021 06:25 - Edward L G.

send all winning dates

11/25/2021 05:17 - michelle b.

Awesome congratulations!

11/25/2021 01:26 - Greg T.


11/25/2021 12:01 - Lela J.


11/24/2021 08:24 - Hennie B.


11/24/2021 06:57 - Roger K.

Wow! Congratulations to you! 2,144 population. Wins 150,000 bucks. Richmond county has over 8,000 in population, never had a big winning ticket like that here. Wonder where are the big winners are.

11/24/2021 06:35 - lori j.


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