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Nash County man can buy his dream car after $200,000 win

September 23, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:56 AM

Aaron Alston of Spring Hope said he can finally buy a sports car after a $5 scratch-off ticket won him a $200,000 prize.

“I’ve always wanted a sports car,” Alston said. “Probably a Camaro.”

Alston bought his lucky Carolina Jackpot ticket from Fuel Doc on South Barnes Street in Nashville. He took the ticket home to scratch it off.

“It was shocking,” Alston said. “I really wasn’t expecting that.”

Alston said he was not the only one who couldn’t believe his good luck.

“I called some close family members to tell them, but they didn’t believe it so I had to FaceTime to show it to them,” he said.

Alston arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,021.

The $5 Carolina Jackpot game debuted in June with six $200,000 prizes. Two $200,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Players get a second chance with their Carolina Jackpot tickets by scanning the tickets into their lottery accounts where they are automatically entered into a second-chance drawing. The drawing’s rolling jackpot continues to grow with every entry until the next drawing.

The first four drawings feature the rolling jackpot and the fifth drawing features a top prize of $200,000. The date of the fourth drawing is Nov. 2.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $2.5 million a day on average for education. A $10 million grant, using money raised by the lottery, is helping Nash County build the new Red Oak Elementary School. For details on other ways Nash County benefits from lottery funds, visit and click on the “Impact” section.


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9/25/2022 09:39 - Donavan C.

If a winner hasn't responded to a drawing win how long does it take to select a new winner from the drawing? And will is say winner notified until a winner has been selected?NC Lottery
Hi, Donavan! Winners will have 30 days from when they were contacted to claim their prize from Lucke-Rewards or second chance drawings. We will try to contact via email first, but also follow up with a phone call and certified mail after a bit if we haven't heard from the winner before that 30-day deadline. After 30 days, we move to an alternate winner. Drawings will say "Winner Notified" until a lucky winner claims the prize!

9/25/2022 03:05 - Natalie R.


9/25/2022 04:42 - Yaniet F.

Amén felizidades

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9/23/2022 05:26 - Vilaysack R.


9/23/2022 03:13 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

9/23/2022 02:56 - Anita A.

I know you will enjoy that “dream” car:)

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