UNION COUNTY, N.C. (News Release) — Running out of milk Saturday while babysitting caused Alexandro Acevedo of Monroe to dash to a store where he added a scratch-off to the grocery list and bagged a $200,000 prize.
“It doesn’t feel real,” said Acevedo. “I’m not too big on screaming. I’m usually a calm individual. But inside I’m going nuts!”
The father of three girls says he scratched his $10 Bigger Spin ticket in the parking lot of the Food Lion on North Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Monroe and thought “I can’t believe this.”
“This is big news,” he said with a laugh as he collected his prize Wednesday, “like having another baby!”
Acevedo claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings he took home $141,503.
He says he will use his prize money to make some upgrades to his house, pay off some bills, and take his daughters to Disney World.
The Bigger Spin game launched this month with five $200,000 prizes that could be won instantly. The game’s biggest prize will come to five lucky winners who get to participate in a live event where they spin a giant prize wheel for a prize ranging from $400,000 to $2 million.
Four $200,000 scratch-off prizes remain to be won. And all five “Bigger Spin” events remain to be won.
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $15.8 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Union County in 2020, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.