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Forsyth County man says $200,000 win is an ‘incredible blessing’

August 3, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:06 AM

A trip to collect a prize and a last-minute purchase paid off for Derek Smith of Winston-Salem to the tune of $200,000.

Smith initially stopped at the Harris Teeter on North Peacehaven Road in Winston-Salem to cash in a winning $50 ticket.

Remembering he had an extra $5 in his pocket, Smith decided to take a chance on a “7” scratch-off.

Back at home, he was eating breakfast when he scratched his new ticket.

“I hadn’t revealed any amount of money, yet,” said Smith. “When I scratched it, it said ‘7’. And I revealed the money and was like, ‘Woah, this is crazy!’ My wife was vacuuming, and I said to her, ‘Turn that thing off and don’t cry.’”

Smith’s wife couldn’t believe their good fortune.

“We were very excited,” she recalled. “High-fiving, dancing. We really couldn’t believe it. It’s just an incredible blessing.”

Smith claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $141,501 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

“We’re gonna put the bulk of it towards our mortgage,” he said. “And the rest, we’re just gonna have some fun with it. Give a little bit to our kids and grandkids.”

The “7” game launched in May with six top prizes of $200,000. One top prize remains to be won.


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8/05/2021 09:38 - Jacqueline P.

Thanks Denver G, You got it right!!!

8/05/2021 01:30 - Denver G.

I think she is try to ask , will you be able to enter more then 75 tickets a day?NC Lottery
Hi Denver, thanks for helping to explain. At this time we don't have any plans to change this policy.

8/05/2021 09:29 - Jacqueline P.

I'm at a lost, thought I was asking a simple yes or no question about whether the ticket entries would increase at some time. Hopefully the third time is the charm. Are ticket entries increases under consideration? Thank you NC Lottery
Hi Jacqueline, I'm sorry but I don't understand what you mean by "ticket entries increased". Are you able to rephrase your question? Apologies for the confusion.

8/05/2021 08:35 - Denver G.

You can tell a lot about a person from the comments they make. Just saying, it's only a game. A game of LUCK !!!!

8/04/2021 05:40 - Jacqueline P.

Can you tell me if ticket entries are under consideration for and increase?

8/04/2021 04:54 - Natalie R.


8/03/2021 09:17 - Nochal B.


8/03/2021 06:51 - Gloria C.

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

8/03/2021 06:16 - Charles H.

He gets an incredible blessing and the best I've done on this ticket is $50.00. Where the hell is my incredible blessing?

8/03/2021 04:40 - Jacqueline P.

Over the years there have been mention of whether to increase ticket entries or not. Where do we stand non?

8/03/2021 02:43 - Anita A.


8/03/2021 12:46 - Michael B.

Nice win

8/03/2021 11:49 - Casselle W.

So happy for such an awesome blessing, keep on smiling and remember want he do it!!!Stay safe

8/03/2021 09:11 - Amy G.

Congratulations on your win!

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