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Georgia man can retire ‘a whole lot sooner’ after $200,000 win

September 29, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:53 PM
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Dewayne Townsend of Canton, Ga., said he can pay off his house and retire a lot sooner now after winning the first $200,000 prize in the Carolina Panthers scratch-off game.

“It makes me feel good. Real good,” Townsend said. “It will make life so much easier for me now.”

Townsend bought his lucky $5 scratch-off from Kwik Stop on Old Highway 64 West in Warne. He said he works near the state line and he enjoys buying scratch-offs in North Carolina.

“I go to that store all the time,” he said. “I’m up there a lot for work.”

Townsend said this win will help him out in a major way.

“I have worked since I was probably 14 years old,” he said. “I’m 60 years old now and it is going to help me retire a whole lot sooner now.”

He arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to claim his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,501.

Townsend said in addition to putting money away for his retirement, he will use his winnings to pay off his house.

The Carolina Panthers game debuted in July with five $200,000 top prizes. Four $200,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Check out the video below of Townsend discussing his big win.


16 COMMENTS

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10/02/2023 01:40 - Mistie M.

Congratulations! So happy for you! Thankful someone who truly deserved it actually got it.

10/02/2023 09:57 - diane s.

Congratulations!!!!

10/02/2023 07:49 - Tonya S.

Congratulations Sir , enjoy

10/01/2023 07:51 - john j.

That’s the only way you can win with the panthers!!

10/01/2023 12:55 - Berry B.

Congratulations to you Mr.T,njoy yourself!

10/01/2023 09:32 - Liticia R.

a dream come true. i am happy for you

9/30/2023 04:00 - DONALD S.

Can you bring a gun and a knife into lottery headquarters?NC Lottery
Hi, Donald! No weapons are allowed in lottery headquarters or our other offices.

9/30/2023 12:25 - Joe S.

Congrats from Charlotte, NC! I play the Georgia Lottery every time I pass through. :)

9/30/2023 10:54 - Emma R.

Congratulations ??

9/30/2023 05:51 - Darlene E.

Great win. Congrats

9/30/2023 01:28 - Gloria C.

Congratulations, enjoy your retirement.

9/30/2023 12:05 - mary b.

congratulations on your big win. so happy you can pay off house and retire early.

9/29/2023 10:47 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Dewayne, enjoy your Retirement. Be Blessed

9/29/2023 08:19 - Evon C.

Congratulations

9/29/2023 06:12 - Douglas H.

What a great win Dewayne Townsend! You deserve it after working so hard all your life. Retire early and enjoy. You earned it. Life is short. Have fun and god bless you and your family

9/29/2023 03:16 - Sherry L.

Congratulations!! Way to go!!

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