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Instinct led a Charlotte man to buy a lottery ticket worth $100,000

November 22, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:53 AM

Stephen Zick of Charlotte felt a sudden urge to buy a scratch-off so he listened, leading to a $100,000 lottery win.

“I was ready to leave the store but something just stopped me and told me to buy a ticket,” he said.

Zick, 76, said he stopped at the Food Lion on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte to pick up a few things for his sister when he decided to buy his $20 Platinum ticket.

“When I scratched it, I saw I won something but it wasn’t until I got home and my sister told me that I realized how much it was,” Zick said. “I thought she was kidding.”

He collected his prize at lottery headquarters Monday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,016.

“All I know is now I can get what I want,” he said. “I really never expected that.”

Zick said he would give some money to his family and some to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well.

Platinum debuted in August with four $2 million prizes and eight $100,000 prizes. Three $2 million prizes and four $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.


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11/24/2022 08:09 - Roger K.

Congratulations on your big win! Still waiting on my inner voice to speak to me, to buy a ticket. When it does speak to me, I will be letting you all know! Hope everyone here have a safe and A Happy Thanksgiving ??

11/24/2022 02:44 - shirley b.


11/23/2022 08:55 - joanie m.

Congratulations Zick great win I am waiting on that urge from the universe

11/23/2022 12:47 - Odessa B.

Awesome Congratulations

11/23/2022 09:02 - Sabrina D S.


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11/22/2022 09:53 - James P.

What was the instinct buy my ticket in Charlotte, Raleigh or Greensboro? When is the Lotto gonna start putting some winning tickets in Wilmington? Just saying but congrats my friend hope you hit another one! They definitely don’t pay out enoughNC Lottery
Hi, James! Anywhere there are more chances being taken to win—for example Raleigh or Charlotte—the odds will play out more often there over time. You'll have a larger volume of both winning and non-winning tickets in proportion with the odds. That has no effect on the likelihood of a particular ticket winning or not winning a prize, whether it be in a big city or a small town. It has to be that way in order for the lottery to be fair to everyone.

11/22/2022 07:12 - Anita A.

Instinct is always right!

11/22/2022 06:03 - Bobby D.

Not another win in Charlotte how many 101 win just this year

11/22/2022 05:51 - mary b.

what a blessing, so happy for you.

11/22/2022 05:05 - Tom a.

Another Food Lion winner. Congratulations

11/22/2022 02:09 - Casselle W.

Congrats on such an awesome blessing Stay safe!!

11/22/2022 02:01 - Tanqusha G.

It was definitely his time! Congratulations

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