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Gastonia dad will buy his family a house with $250,000 win

February 10, 2024 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:13 PM

The ability to buy a house means the world to Joshua Ramsey of Gastonia, and a $250,000 lottery win will make that dream come true.

“This is life-changing for us,” Ramsey said. “I’m going to buy my family a home.”

Ramsey initially went to Mike’s Food Store on South York Road in Gastonia on Tuesday to buy a drink, but ended up buying a $5 20X The Cash ticket too.

“Something was just telling me to get that ticket.,” Ramsey said. “I’m sure glad I did.”

Ramsey won the first top prize in the new scratch-off game, which debuted this week. He said he, ‘was absolutely blown away’ when he saw how much he won.

“I started shaking all over,” he recalled. “It’s one of those experiences you’ll never forget.”

Ramsey said he called his sister and his son to share the good news.

“They were both just over the moon ecstatic,” Ramsey said.

He collected his prize at lottery headquarters Friday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $178,751.

In addition to buying a home, Ramsey said he will look into buying a car too.

The 20X The Cash game debuted in February with 10 $250,000 top prizes. Nine $250,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

For details on how $14.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference for education programs in Gaston County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.


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2/12/2024 12:11 - Douglas H.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Ramsey Family. God bless you in finding the perfect house for your family. Such a wonderful win.

2/12/2024 09:12 - Kevin H.

Congrats !!! (Could staff tell me: How many entries were entered for the VIP Platinum Flash Second Chance Draw #1 ???)NC Lottery
Hi, Kevin! We received 21,908 entries in our VIP Platinum Flash Second Chance drawing #1!

2/12/2024 05:20 - shirley b.

NCEL just saw a commercial advertising thousands of winners everyday. Ya'll know that is not true for pick 3, pick 4 and pick 5.NC Lottery
Hey there, Shirley! We do see thousands of winners each day from our daily draw games of Pick 3, Pick 4, and Cash 5! Just yesterday (2/12), we saw 2,167 winners in Pick 3, 516 winners in Pick 4, and 12,308 winners in Cash 5!

2/11/2024 04:48 - Rhonda M.

Congratulations to you and your family

2/11/2024 01:49 - Bennie P.

Congrats, buying a home is a great blessing. I have the same Idea when I win Big.

2/11/2024 02:57 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! :)

2/11/2024 01:53 - Robert f.

Nice win,congrats from Charlotte!

2/11/2024 01:21 - Michael H.

Great win Ramsey but I'm a 50x kind of guy.

2/11/2024 12:58 - mary b.

Congratulations on your big win.What a blessing.

2/10/2024 11:55 - William C.

Congrats from Mount Holly.I am looking for my big win. I know it will happen.

2/10/2024 11:13 - MICHAEL B.


2/10/2024 10:08 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Joshua. Congratulations on your Winnings, Enjoy your new home and car.Im happy for you

2/10/2024 09:58 - Brad N.

Better to invest it so it can make you money forever. You will never get that lucky again.

2/10/2024 04:57 - Richard B.

God Blessed...!

2/10/2024 03:51 - Lachanda F.

Congratulations ??

2/10/2024 02:01 - george j.

Nice ,very wonderful PRIZE!!!!!!!

2/10/2024 12:50 - Ryan D J.

I enjoyed reading this article. Congratulations, Mr. Ramsey!

2/10/2024 12:22 - Bendilya J.

Congrats ??

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