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Forsyth County man surprised his wife with $500,000 win

November 8, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:32 PM
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When James Zech of Winston-Salem uncovered a $500,000 prize on his $10 lottery ticket, he couldn’t wait to surprise his wife with the news.

“I went home and told my wife we won a half-million dollars but she didn’t believe me,” Zech laughed. “After I surprised my wife with it, we called my daughter.”

Zech, 73, said he usually only buys $3 or $5 scratch-offs but he had an urge to go with something different.

“For some reason I just decided to try a $10 one,” he said. “I like playing crosswords in real life.”

Zech bought his lucky $500,000 Cashword ticket from the Food Lion on Kinnamon Village Loop in Clemmons. He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $355,053.

“The first thing we are going to do is treat the family to a nice Thai dinner,” Zech said.

He said he will also use his winnings to possibly go on a family vacation to the beach.

The $500,000 Cashword game debuted in March with three $500,000 prizes. Since Zech won the last top prize in the game, the lottery will begin the process of ending the game.


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11/08/2022 03:17 - Natalie R.

Congratulations ??

11/08/2022 02:44 - carolyn b.

WHAT COUNTY AND WHERE WAS THE 1 MILLION PB TICKET WON IN.......GLAD 2C SOMEONE IN NC ALMOST WON THE JP.......NC Lottery
Hi, Carolyn! We're glad to see someone almost hit the jackpot in NC too! The $1 million winning ticket was sold at Gas Center on S. College Rd in Wilmington, in New Hanover county.

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