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Charlotte man can pay off his mortgage early after $200,000 win

May 31, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:09 AM

Fredrick French of Charlotte said he and his wife celebrated a “life-changing event” after winning a $200,000 scratch-off prize.

“Now I can pay my house off,” he said.

French bought his lucky $5 Lincoln scratch-off from Xpress Shop on Sunset Road in Charlotte. He said he couldn’t believe it when he saw the size of his win.

“I actually thought there weren’t any more of the top prizes left on that one,” French said. “I guess I know now.”

French said he scratched the ticket at his house with his wife right beside him.

“I almost went crazy,” he laughed. “She had to get me a bottle of water to help me to calm down.”

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

“Sooner or later I knew I was going to win a big prize like this,” French said.

He said in addition to paying for his house, he plans to buy his wife a car and share some of his winnings with his kids.

The Lincoln game debuted in September as a part of the Cash family of games with six $200,000 prizes. One $200,000 prize remains to be claimed.


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6/01/2023 10:53 - Douglas H.

@ NCEL. Thanks for the response. I rebooted my phone and it started working perfectly fine again. :-)NC Lottery
Oh yay! That's wonderful, Douglas, we're glad it's working again for you! Please don't hesitate to reach back out if the problem comes up again!

6/01/2023 09:05 - mary b.

congratulations on your big win. What a blessing.

6/01/2023 07:07 - Jennifer W.

Hey Douglas, yes I am having problems as well. I spoke with someone and they told me to remove the app and reinstall it but I’m still having problems. It won’t let me check my scratch offs or get the points.

6/01/2023 06:29 - tim s.

What has happened to totals in the second chance drawings? When I try to check how many entries I have for each drawing it doesn’t show it. Funny thing is that the day before yesterday’s drawing I was able to see my totals and on the day they draw for something they disappeared seems a little fishy.NC Lottery
Hi, Tim! We're sorry that you're unable to see your second chance drawing entries - is this issue still occurring? If so, please reach out to our Online Support team at https://nclottery.com/Help and a member of our team can look into why this is happening and help get this resolved for you.

5/31/2023 10:52 - Kimberly F.

Congrats only one word to describe GOD

5/31/2023 10:44 - Jennifer W.

Yes Douglas I’m having trouble as wellNC Lottery
Hi, Jennifer! Thank you for reaching out and we're sorry to hear you're also experiencing trouble with trying to scan your tickets. Would you mind sharing the type of device you're using when experiencing this issue? This will help our developers further investigate what's causing this.

5/31/2023 09:12 - Delores B.

NICE!!!! So happy for you. I am gonna be going to Raliegh soon...I can feel it.

5/31/2023 03:28 - Douglas H.

Updated the app on iPhone is anyone else having trouble scanning tickets after the update? NC Lottery
Hi, Douglas, thanks for your comment! We're so sorry about that and we appreciate you letting us know. Are you still experiencing this issue? Please reach out to our Online Support team if so and they can look into this further and get this resolved ASAP: https://nclottery.com/Help.

5/31/2023 03:06 - Vonya B.

Congratulations Fred. I’m so happy for you, and your family. (FL)

5/31/2023 11:06 - Leroy T.

I know that was a good feeling congratulations

5/31/2023 09:41 - Joe S.

Nice! Congrats from the Todd Park neighborhood in NW Charlotte.

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