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Henderson County farmer won $100,000 after almost leaving the store

January 20, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:55 PM

A last-minute decision to buy a scratch-off led Agustin Perez Jr. of Hendersonville to a $100,000 prize.

“I was about to walk out the door without buying the ticket,” he said.

Perez, a 43-year-old farmer, bought his lucky Millionaire Maker ticket from the Dana Food Center on Dana Road in Hendersonville. He said everyone in the store celebrated with him when he won.

“We all just screamed and yelled,” he said.

Perez said he initially thought he only won a few dollars.

“Then, I just kept seeing more and more zeroes,” he recalled.

Perez arrived at lottery headquarters Friday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,259.

He said he would like to use the money to help bring his family from Mexico to the United States.


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1/23/2023 06:14 - Kathy G.

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1/21/2023 06:31 - joanie m.

Congratulations Perez

1/21/2023 04:21 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! I finally picked up my January scratch tickets last Thursday.??

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