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Fayetteville man wins two $25,000 a year for life prizes

November 30, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:01 PM

The accidental purchase of two identical Lucky for Life tickets in Saturday’s drawing produced not one but two $25,000 a year for life prizes for Scotty Thomas of Fayetteville.

“I was just laying in bed watching a basketball game on TV and I couldn’t remember if I filled it out or not,” said Thomas, a 49-year-old dump truck operator. “I went ahead and filled it out again and the next morning my son asked why there were two different amounts listed. I realized, ‘I think I filled it out twice.’”

Thomas received two emails because he bought the $2 tickets using the lottery’s Online Play program on his smartphone. Winners get an email notification when they win.

“When I realized I won, I had to lay down on the floor because I really just couldn’t believe it,” Thomas said. “It’s just a blessing.”

When Thomas arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his winnings, he faced a big decision. At age 49, he could take both prizes as annuities, receiving a total of $50,000 every year for the rest of his life. He could take one prize as an annuity - $25,000 a year for life - and the second as a lump sum of $390,000. Or, he could take both as lump-sum prizes of $390,000 each.

Thomas said he decided to take both prizes as lump-sum payments, $780,000 total, because he wants to invest in his business, pay off some bills, help out his family and possibly buy a house. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $551,851.

Lucky for Life has a top prize of $1,000 a day for life. The second-biggest prize, $25,000 a year for life, is the prize that Thomas took home. Drawings are now held daily.

Lucky for Life is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through Online Play either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.


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2/05/2022 09:22 - Rhonda R.

Congrats !!!!

12/31/2021 12:15 - Roger K.

Congratulations on your double win. Now on the online play, was it your numbers or a quick pick? Just wondering.

12/02/2021 09:19 - Pamela l.

Congratulations ??

12/01/2021 07:12 - Amy G.


12/01/2021 01:39 - Linda J.

That’s INCREDIBLE!!! May God bless you and your family with good health and longevity. But, I would have taken the payments, because Uncle Sam is gonna ‘love you’….TAXES. Either way you can’t beat the IRS. Good luck with your business endeavors.

12/01/2021 12:54 - Trisha C.

Good for him!!!

12/01/2021 12:32 - Monica S.

Congratulations sir. What a blessing from the Lord!!!

12/01/2021 12:06 - Kelly R.

so your saying that I can buy the same numbers for the L4F game and if I win you pay them all out?? Does that go for the top prize as well?? Another ? What if he had bought the numbers 5 times on all different tickets ???

12/01/2021 11:37 - Louis A.

Congratulations, That is fantastic

12/01/2021 10:33 - Tina P.

Congratulations! So....awesome to hear on line purchases are producing winners.

12/01/2021 07:56 - Natalie R.


12/01/2021 06:41 - Cheryl W.

That’s awesome! congratulations?????? so happy for you!??

12/01/2021 05:38 - Terry W.

Good news to hear

12/01/2021 05:15 - avery f.

Congratulations to respond to a couple of comments for the person that said god is not fair I’m praying for you and to the other comment about you taking the lump sum payout you made the right choice because tomorrow is not promised to anyone once again Congratulations my time is coming hopefully I can’t hit for my Birthday December 6th would be an awesome Birthday gift

11/30/2021 09:39 - Jaycee G.

Bless his sweet soul.

11/30/2021 07:11 - Kimberly F.

I always wondered about if the same numbers are on different tickets and if it would happen to anybody anything is possible with God all the glory goes to you God

11/30/2021 06:20 - Kevon S.

Congrats my brother

11/30/2021 05:49 - Deborah W.


11/30/2021 05:46 - Alice J.

He is such a lucky and blessed man!

11/30/2021 05:17 - Evadne H.

To whom much is given...much is required. Bless you. :)

11/30/2021 04:34 - Ryan D J.

When you're hot..you're hot

11/30/2021 04:31 - Daniel J.

Sometimes a little forgetfulness brings favor

11/30/2021 04:04 - Mary W.


11/30/2021 03:51 - Darnell R.

God bless you my man and great holidays to come

11/30/2021 03:26 - Monica S.

Congratulations to him. That definitely was a miracle from the Lord.

11/30/2021 03:16 - George W.

What a blessing. I am happy for you.

11/30/2021 03:02 - JIA L.

God is never fair

11/30/2021 02:56 - Steve M.

God is good!!! Congratulations Thomas!!! ??

11/30/2021 02:46 - Thoa Y.

Congratulation ! I’m so happy for you ! God bless your family ! Yes, “It’s just a blessing”

11/30/2021 02:41 - Denver G.

Damn, hell of a choice you had to make at your age. Can't say if most players would have made that choice, but it was yours to make! Congrats on that crazy double win!!!!

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