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“I had tears in my eyes,” Rutherford County man says of $250,000 win

January 19, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:07 AM

Danny Sims of Ellenboro said he just froze after a $5 scratch-off ticket turned into a $250,000 lottery prize.

“It took me a while to realize I actually won something after the shock wore off,” Sims said. “I was so excited I had tears in my eyes.”

Sims said at first he thought he won $25 but then he realized what he actually won.

“I just froze and thought, ‘Oh my God,’” Sims said. “I thought it couldn’t be real. It was so hard to believe.”

Sims, 43, said that when he told the rest of his family what he won they didn’t believe him.

“We are pranksters,” Sims said. “We are always pranking each other so they thought I was just messing with them.”

Sims bought his lucky 20X The Cash ticket from the Key Largo Food Mart on U.S. 221A in Mooresboro. He arrived at lottery headquarters on Tuesday to collect his prize and, after federal and state tax withholdings, took home $177,526.

Sims said he wants to use the money to pay some bills and help pay for his stepdad’s house.


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1/21/2022 08:50 - Donald P.

Nice Glad for ya

1/21/2022 06:27 - Darlene E.

Congrats on your win. NO PRANK HERE RIGHT!!!

1/20/2022 02:58 - Ryan D J.

Congratulations, Mr Sims! This story was heartfelt!

1/20/2022 07:56 - Roger K.

Congratulations on your big win! Still hoping I will to be a big winner one day soon.

1/20/2022 07:34 - Amy G.

Congratulations on your win!

1/19/2022 07:24 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more wonderful wins. Glad to know you are doing something good for your stepdad. Awesome.

1/19/2022 01:28 - Douglas H.

Congratulations Danny!!! Wonderful win. Enjoy :-)

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