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Itchy hand prompts Granville County man to scratch his way to $100,000 prize

November 3, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:06 AM

As soon as Brian Hicks of Stovall felt his left hand start to itch on Monday, he went straight to the store, bought a scratch-off, and won a $100,000 prize.

“My left hand started itching so bad the closer I got to that store so I just said, ‘Let me try something here,’” Hicks recalled. “It was like telling me to stop.”

Hicks followed his intuition and stopped at the Rose Mart on North Garnett Street in Henderson to buy the $20 Big Cash Payout ticket. He took it to his truck, started scratching, and couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I went into a trance or something,” he laughed.

Hicks said he called his dad right away to tell him what happened.

“I told him, ‘Hold on to your hat. I just won $100,000,’” he said.

Hicks arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,256.

He said his big win will allow him to start looking for a house.

The Big Cash Payout game debuted in July with four $2 million top prizes and eight $100,000 prizes. Three $2 million prizes and five $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.


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11/07/2023 03:26 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! :)

11/06/2023 06:17 - Steven B.

m left hand itched like crazy,buy a $1 ticket woke up next morning,i won $150 .was 1 #off of a 50,000 win.what was and what could have been....NC Lottery
Congrats on the $150 win, Steven! We're crossing our fingers for an even bigger win for you in the future!

11/05/2023 09:08 - Sherry L.

That is so cool! Congratulations!!

11/05/2023 07:00 - henrietta m.

why am i unable to save anygames to my Favorites i have asked the question before and was told to reload the app and i did with no success.. i also went to the destop computer and tried but could not save to favorites.. please help with thisNC Lottery
Hey there, Henrietta! We're sorry you're experiencing this issue. When you add a particular ticket to your Online Play cart, there should be a checkbox on the checkout screen that says "Save As Favorite Purchase" - if you check that, you'll be able to pull up your favorites quickly next time you purchase tickets. If this option isn't showing for you, please visit https://nclottery.com/Help and our Online Support team can look into this further and see if we can help get this resolved for you.

11/05/2023 11:19 - Basil C.

Way to go Brian. Congrats on your win.

11/05/2023 10:39 - Michael R.

I swear to you, NCEL don't bring out good numbers on the pick 3 and pick 4 like to used to a few years back. They rarely bring trips anymore, rarely bring the Quads, 123 used to come out 10 times a year in some order. The lottery is no longer fun to play as people are saying.NC Lottery
Hi, Michael! In each and every drawing, the odds for each combination being drawn are exactly the same - for Pick 3, that's 1 in 1,000, and for Pick 4, that's 1 in 10,000. Those odds never change, no matter how recently or long ago a particular number came out. We love it when popular numbers come up at random, because that means our players win a bunch of prizes! But for draw games to be fair, every number has to have the same chance of being drawn. The lottery is meant to be a form of entertainment, and we only want our players to play if they're enjoying themselves. If not, there are many things more important in life than the lottery!

11/04/2023 09:17 - Ricky S.

My left hand itches every morning because goes to sleep during the night and it's trying to get the feeling back in it. I would be dirt broke for every time my hand itched and I went and bought a $30 scratch-off.

11/04/2023 06:14 - Darlene E.

Congrat on the hand scratching..

11/03/2023 10:18 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Brian. Have fun house hunting. Enjoy

11/03/2023 09:40 - Jami R.

Here we go…another coincidence story. Regardless, congratulations. I hope it serves you well.

11/03/2023 06:12 - Gloria C.

Congratulations and enjoy that new home

11/03/2023 05:27 - Paula F.

Congratulations ????

11/03/2023 09:22 - Denver G.

Congrats!! Nothing big for me yet. Thanks to the fire ball (2) I won $540 playing pic3 online yesterday afternoon. Six tics for $90 each.NC Lottery
That's amazing! Congratulations on the win, Denver!

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