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Durham man’s promise to wife comes true with $100,000 win

December 2, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:32 PM

David Hosmer of Durham kept telling his wife he was going to win the lottery, and his prediction came true when a $20 scratch-off ticket turned into $100,000.

“I told her I was going to win one day and my day finally came,” Hosmer said.

The 68-year-old retired ceiling installer said he was already feeling lucky after winning $30 the day before, so he stopped by a local grocery store, the Food Lion on Sherron Road in Durham, to try his luck again.

Hosmer, sitting in his car, scratched his Ultimate 7’s ticket. When he realized he was a big winner, he said he sat in disbelief. He couldn’t believe his luck.

“My hands were shaking,” Hosmer said. “Then a smile came across my face and I started grinning ear to ear. I called my wife and she started screaming.”

Hosmer arrived at lottery headquarters on Wednesday to collect his prize. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $70,756.

When asked what he was planning to do with his winnings, Hosmer said he wants to help pay off his wife’s new Ford EcoSport and then take a trip to Hawaii.

The Ultimate 7’s game launched in May with four top prizes of $2 million and eight $100,000 prizes. One $2 million prize and two $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.


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12/06/2021 07:24 - Yolanda F.


12/05/2021 07:42 - elizabeth j.

Congrats to you and family.

12/05/2021 02:13 - LEONARD W.

I think I'd hold off on going to Hawaii with what I've been reading through military sources they have some major contaminated water problems the Navy is slow to warned. :)

12/05/2021 01:34 - China E.

This is so great. Congratulations to you and your bride. I’m next. I will win big. For life!!

12/04/2021 12:53 - joanie m.

Congratulations David I have been telling my family the same thing for over 10 years of playing it’s really great news to hear someone’s dream come true ????

12/04/2021 09:01 - Gregory C.


12/03/2021 09:46 - William A.

Good for you!!Enjoy Hawaii.

12/03/2021 07:01 - Sabrina D S.

Congrats ????

12/03/2021 05:51 - Sonya V.


12/03/2021 12:40 - Derick O.

CONGRATULATIONS Hoz! We're really happy for you and Ms. C. We know your gonna have a great time in Hawaii. Happy scratching ! ! CHEERS! DWO & LGO

12/03/2021 11:33 - Roger K.

Wow! Congratulations, lucky you are, I always say I'm going to win one day, guess I'm not as lucky as you was. 70,756 is a nice payday.congrats again on your blessing.

12/03/2021 10:24 - Della B.

I am happy for your Blessing. I have been scratching of the $5 Christmas cards since they have been out and have won absolutely nothing. I am done with those cards. They are the most sorriest cards ever put out by the Educational Lottery.

12/03/2021 09:50 - Esdras V.

Congratulations! May you and your family have a wonderful Holiday Season! Enjoy Hawaii!

12/03/2021 09:09 - Denver G.

Congrats. Good morning moderators. How many entries in Pass the Gravy and Holiday winnings???NC Lottery
Hi Denver, happy Friday! As of our last count, we received 4,601,160 entries for the Pass the Gravy Drawing and 15,996,422 entries for the Holiday Winnings Second Chance Drawing. Hope this helps!

12/03/2021 06:57 - Amy G.


12/02/2021 09:21 - Merydolkis G.

What a heart warming story. I'm happy for them.

12/02/2021 05:12 - Kevon S.

I almost won miss 2 numbers on pick 5 I’ll win one day god is good

12/02/2021 03:27 - Ilva T.

I say one day I will win the lottery to. Happy for you.

12/02/2021 03:23 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more wonderful wins. Enjoy with your wife .

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