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Wrong ticket scores New York man final $5,000,000 Fortune top prize

May 6, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:06 AM

After Jonathan Bate got off of work Wednesday morning, he stopped at an Alamance County convenience store to get a coffee and walked out with a $5 million prize.

“The funny part about the ticket is, I got the wrong ticket!” he said Wednesday as he claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. “I asked for one and I got another and I just said, ‘Alright.’”

Bate, a construction superintendent in NC for a job, purchased his winning $20 ticket from the Maple Ave Family Fare on Maple Avenue in Burlington.

Sitting in his car drinking his coffee, Bate scratched his ticket.

“I got to the fifth number and it was a winner and I was like, ‘Wow, no way!’” he said. “It didn’t sink in at first. I still can’t believe I won.”

He had the choice of taking the $5 million as an annuity of $250,000 a year over 20 years or a lump sum of $3 million. Bate, of Poughkeepsie, New York, chose the lump sum of $3 million and took home $2,122,506 after required state and federal tax withholdings.

“A new truck and my granddaughter is going to go to college,” said Bate when asked about how he plans to spend the prize money.

$5,000,000 Fortune launched in August 2019 with three top prizes of $5 million and six $100,000 prizes. Bate won the last top prize so the lottery will begin steps to end the game.


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5/07/2021 04:23 - Loretta H.

To all you winners luck is on your side hope it could be me one day.congrat

5/07/2021 04:06 - Kimberly F.

I have gotten the wrong tickets and they still not winners and I played the fortune a lot and nothing congratulations to you for getting the last winning ticket

5/07/2021 02:30 - Deborah A.

Congrats! Enjoy. ??

5/07/2021 12:18 - Bryant G.

What was the purpose for mentioning that he was from NEW YORK ? He obviously lives in Nc. I don’t get it. congratulations buddy... IN 2020 i won a total $16,400 on scratch off tickets. And i only spent $570 on the tickets not a bad turn around NC Lottery
Hi Bryant, Mr. Bate is a resident of New York who was on a job in North Carolina at the time he purchased his winning ticket.

5/07/2021 11:36 - Troy W.

Hi NCEL, do we know how many entries there were for the April monthly drawing (20 people win $5K)?NC Lottery
Hi Troy, great question! Rainy Day Fund had 8,316,898 entries.

5/07/2021 10:49 - Zelletta G.

What a Blessing! ~Queen~

5/07/2021 10:41 - shirley b.


5/07/2021 02:06 - Zelda L.


5/07/2021 01:40 - Jeannette E.


5/07/2021 01:20 - Charles H.

Here we go again, another feel good human interest story cooked up by the NCEL to entice people to buy more tickets. I'm going to try my luck on some SC tickets tomorrow and I'd better win at least $5000.

5/06/2021 08:15 - vanessa b.


5/06/2021 08:06 - Douglas H.

WOW. Great win Jonathan! I bet you'll always have a special place in your heart for North Carolina :-)

5/06/2021 07:25 - Anthony M.

Congratulations On Such An Amazing Mistake... Make No Mistake About it... You're Now A Rich Man... Enjoy Your New Found Fortune & Again Congratulations... Signed The McQueen's...

5/06/2021 04:59 - Venita C.

A mistake paid off in a big way. Congrats.

5/06/2021 03:42 - sandra l.

Glad to see a mistake that paid off.Best of luck to you, congratulations.

5/06/2021 03:37 - Joseph M.

seems to me that being in Davie County,there is no real winners

5/06/2021 03:12 - Jamie E.


5/06/2021 03:04 - mary j.

MARGARET G. I understand. we cut back majorly. yes its based off luck and its a chance game but seeing same areas, winners claiming big prizes more than once, and out of state winners its just not worth it. I know I will never win big because I will not put out $20/30 when I can not win anything on smaller tickets. I play some but I do not even gift them like I used to.

5/06/2021 01:03 - Michael B.

Nice win !

5/06/2021 12:16 - Debbian R.


5/06/2021 11:42 - Berry B.

I want that wrong to happen to me,lol!!CONGRATS to you J.B.!!

5/06/2021 11:23 - Margaret G.

Congrats to hime but it’s time to give it up. I’ve been playing and supporting NC lottery for 13 years faithfully and never won anything and someone out of state just walks away with 5 million. I guess I can say that’s how the cookie crumbles.

5/06/2021 10:57 - patricia p.

Happy for you.

5/06/2021 10:26 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins.

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