‘I like the element of surprise’: Bladen Co. man scratches his way to lotto winnings

‘I like the element of surprise’: Bladen Co. man scratches his way to lotto winnings
A man in Elizabethtown plays scratch-off games for the anticipation of a big win, but Harold McDowell didn't anticipate the $200,000 surprise he was in for. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WECT) - A man in Elizabethtown plays scratch-off games for the anticipation of a big win, but Harold McDowell didn't anticipate the $200,000 surprise he was in for.

“I buy them all the time but I don’t scratch them expecting to win,” said McDowell, who purchased the Win It All ticket from the Community Mart on East Broad Street. “I like the element of surprise.”

This time, the surprise turned out to be a good one. He scratched the ticket halfway off, saw the first three zeroes, and then stopped to get a glass of water before finishing the rest.

McDowell claimed his prize Friday afternoon at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.

“I want to pay off all of my bills and have a little extra to fall back on,” said McDowell. “It feels good to not have that burden.”

The Win It All game started in December with six top prizes of $200,000. As of Monday, three $200,000 prizes remain to be claimed, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

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