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Buncombe County man buys third lottery ticket ever, wins $200,000

January 4, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:39 AM

Cody Plemmons of Arden bought a lottery ticket for only the third time in his life and bagged a $200,000 prize.

“We mainly stopped at the gas station for a drink and a snack,” he said.

Plemmons, an 18-year-old lumber worker at Lowe’s, said he made a last-minute decision to buy a scratch-off at the counter.

“I honestly don’t even know why I got one,” Plemmons said. “I just thought, ‘Why not.’”

He bought his lucky $5 Cash Payout ticket from Stanley's BP on U.S. 25/70 in Marshall during a stop on a day trip to Tennessee.

“I couldn’t believe it when I won,” Plemmons said. “This is only the third lottery ticket I’ve ever bought.”

Plemmons arrived at lottery headquarters Tuesday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,501.

He said he will put his winnings into savings.

Cash Payout debuted in May with five $200,000 prizes. One $200,000 prize remains to be claimed.


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1/06/2023 01:39 - Jared B.

Congrats Cody! Will you please use some of that money to pay for TCR High School's laptop that you lost? Or we'll gladly take the laptop back if you know where it is :)

1/05/2023 06:39 - Roger K.

Congratulations on your big win! Hoping soon, I will be a big winner!

1/05/2023 03:44 - Brian T.

You go Plemmons! You've got a jumpstart at 18 years old. Please use it wisely!

1/04/2023 08:47 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

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