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‘I’m a very lucky man’: Catawba County cancer survivor, wife wins $250K lottery

HICKORY, N.C. (WBTV) – Marcus Pitts, a cancer survivor from Hickory, and his wife tried their luck on a few scratch-off tickets and found themselves the lucky winners of a $250,000 top prize.

Pitts and his wife stopped at the Speedway on U.S. 64-70 Southeast in Hickory and purchased a few different scratch-off tickets, one of which was a lucky $5 20X The Cash ticket.

The couple went back home, sat down at their kitchen table, and decided to scratch their tickets.

“I was reading something else and she started screaming and hollering, ‘We won $250,00,’” Pitts said. “I said, ‘Ain’t no way, you’re wrong.’ I didn’t believe it. But then I looked at the ticket and that’s what it said.‘”

Pitts and his wife, both former textile workers and correctional officers, claimed their prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday.

After federal and state tax withholdings, they took home $176,876.

The couple have both battled health problems and plan to use their money to pay off their medical bills. “I’m a very lucky man,” said Pitts, who has been in remission from a form of bone cancer since 2018.

“Medical bills have taken most of our savings,” Pitts said. “We’re gonna pay off some bills and try to do a little traveling. We have two grandkids, one’s a senior getting ready to graduate college and our granddaughter will be a senior in high school, so we’re gonna help them too.”

20X The Cash launched in February with six top prizes of $250,000. One top prize remains to be won.

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Marcus Pitts and his wife, both former textile workers and correctional officers, claimed their prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday.

‘I’m still in shock!’: Lynchburg man wins $150,00 on Virginia Lottery scratcher

He won the prize on the Cash Chaser game

Nicole Del Rosario, Social / Digital Producer

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lonnie Maines probably didn’t think he would be $150,00 richer when he started his day, but he can thank one of his clients for that.

Maines purchased a Cash Chaser scratch-off ticket at the Apple Market in Lynchburg while waiting for one of his realty clients.

Once he realized that he had won the game’s $150,000 prize, he said there was no time to celebrate.

“I had to pretty much bottle up my emotions and go about my business,” he told lottery officials.

The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,305,600.

“It feels amazing. I think I’m still in shock!” said Maines.

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Lonnie Maines probably didn’t think he would be $150,00 richer when he started his day, but he can thank one of his clients for that. ]]>