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North Carolina lottery winners "had to pinch each other" after winning $200,000

May 10, 2022, 10:57 am

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That's one way to confirm it's real

By Kate Northrop

KITTRELL, N.C. — A couple who won $200,000 in the North Carolina Lottery had to pinch each other to make sure their win was real.

William Perry and his wife found themselves face-to-face with an astounding amount of money in a matter of seconds after he scratched off a $200,000 top prize from a scratch-off ticket.

In that moment, the couple "had to pinch each other to make sure it was real."

"It's like I was walking around in a trance," Perry told the Lottery. "I was in disbelief."

The 59-year-old shop lead went into Kittrell Grocery on U.S. 1 South in Kittrell and bought a $10 ticket from an instant game called "The Bigger Spin." He scratched it off as soon as he got home and knew he had to show his wife right away.

Her reaction confirmed that he wasn't looking at the ticket the wrong way.

"First she had to check to make sure I was looking at it right," the Norlina resident recalled. "Then she started jumping up and down screaming." 

The ecstatic winners visited Lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Friday to collect the prize, which totaled $142,023 after state and federal taxes. With the money, Perry said he wants to put a large portion of the winnings in a money market account and then give some to his children and grandchildren.

"The Bigger Spin," which launched in September 2021, now has one remaining top prize of $200,000 out of the five originally available at the start of the game. There are also three out of ten second-tier prizes of $20,000 and 12 out of 30 third-tier prizes of $5,000 left to claim.

This particular game also offers another sort of top prize, of which there are two out of five remaining. The other top prize, called The Bigger Spin, allows a winner the chance to spin a giant prize wheel at a live event for an even larger prize ranging from $400,000 to $2 million.

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United States
Member #163182
January 22, 2015
2926 Posts

Nice win to the Perry's!

    sully16's avatar - sharan
    United States
    Member #81738
    October 28, 2009
    100047 Posts

    Nice, Congrats to the happy couple.  Party

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      Grand Rapids Michigan
      United States
      Member #179867
      February 10, 2017
      91 Posts

      Happy wife, happy life

        Gallatin Tennesee
        United States
        Member #194096
        November 29, 2018
        179 Posts

        Some of those $10 scratch-offs can be even more fruitful than the $20 and $30 tickets. Every time I have ever won, it's always been the $10 tickets. But I'm sure it all depends on which particular scratch-off you choose. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs Perry.......the kids will  be thrilled.

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