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Gaston County man got a $2 million treat while watching “Halloween”

October 25, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:08 AM

Joshua King of Gastonia received a treat, not a trick, when his “Halloween” movie night with his son got interrupted by a $2 million lottery prize.

“We both just started crying,” King said. “I was honestly laughing and crying at the same time.”

King said he just finished a long day of work on Friday when he picked up his son and took him to get some snacks from Times Turnaround on South New Hope Road in Gastonia. He decided to add a $20 Mega 7’s scratch-off ticket as well.

“The last time that I bought a Mega 7’s ticket I won $200 so I decided to try that one again,” he said.

After they got home, King ordered hamburgers from Chili’s, turned on the “Halloween” movie, and started scratching his ticket, uncovering the first $2 million top prize in the new game.

“This is life-changing,” he said. “I called my parents and I was kind of hyperventilating when I was talking to them.”

When King arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his prize, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $100,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. He chose the lump-sum amount of $1.2 million and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $852,126.

“I want to use the money to help take care of my family,” King said. “Going to look into buying some property for the family to use.”

Mega 7’s debuted this month with four $2 million prizes and eight $100,000 prizes. Three $2 million prizes and seven $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.


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10/31/2022 07:39 - Natalie R.


10/30/2022 03:11 - Kristopher F.

Can we get a hint which city those other top prizes are in??? LOL Congrats Josh!!!!

10/30/2022 01:28 - Yolanda S.

Nice win. Congrats!! I’m next ??

10/29/2022 08:22 - Lakisha G.


10/28/2022 11:09 - Karen M.

God is so amazing. I wish you and your family many blessings!

10/27/2022 06:02 - donna h.

what a blessing from God!

10/27/2022 05:46 - JUANITA G.

CONGRATULATIONS !!!! That kind of m money is absolutely life changing !!! Spend it wisely !!!

10/26/2022 11:41 - Rodney W.


10/26/2022 11:36 - Rodney W.

How do you win $2million dollars and after taxes you still not a millionaire. It's like they won the lottery and paid him the taxes..smhNC Lottery
Hey there, Rodney! With a $2 million prize, a winner has a choice of $2 million in annual payments over 20 years, or a lump sum amount of $1.2 million. The difference between the annuity and lump sum amounts accounts for the interest that would be earned over those 20 years and used to pay out the prize over time. With either option the player chooses, we withhold the minimum required tax amounts (4.99% for NC and 24% for Federal). Hope this helps to clarify!

10/26/2022 09:33 - Joyclyn H.

Congratulations on your blessed win winnings

10/26/2022 09:21 - Edward H.


10/26/2022 03:03 - Christine C.


10/26/2022 12:54 - vonetta p.

I was this store on Friday and was about to purchase that tix but I had droped a card that I was going to redeem for that tix and left the store without purchasing the tix. Can help but think that could've been me! Oh well guess it wasnt my turn! Congrats! Im NEXT! :)

10/26/2022 09:59 - Roger K.

Congratulations Josh on your big win. 852,126 ain't to shabby. I could buy my daughter a home,and pay off my other daughter house. Get me a 1969 camaro, put some into a saving for my two grandsons, so they will have a little money when they turn 21. These days and times are rough now. Hoping by 2024,things will be better. Hey Charles, we have heard enough about you losing 500 hundreds dollars. You got to get over it,man! Josh enjoy your win.

10/26/2022 08:15 - Darlene E.

Congrats on our win..

10/26/2022 07:14 - Khang B.

Congratulations! I am so happy for you:)

10/26/2022 06:29 - Willie M.

Can we all pitch in and help Charles get the $500 he claims he was cheated out of .. everytime someone wins he is on here talking bout that $500…Have a good day everyone

10/25/2022 07:36 - James J.

Hey LZ! Just wondering if the comment section will be available on the android app? That's one of the best parts of the site, especially Charles H comments.

10/25/2022 05:41 - Frederick J.


10/25/2022 03:03 - Charles H.

He wins 2 million and I can't even get the $500 I was cheated out of.

10/25/2022 02:14 - Anita A.

God bless

10/25/2022 12:55 - Robin M.

Wow - congrats!

10/25/2022 12:41 - LaVerne J.


10/25/2022 11:28 - Mary H.


10/25/2022 10:01 - mary w.

I am happy for you

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