A retired UPS driver’s stop for North Carolina lottery tickets paid off big time.
Vincent Bonanno stopped to buy the tickets Monday at a Food Lion in Apex, according to a Tuesday release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. He scratched a $5 Bonus Bucks ticket in the store and couldn’t believe how much he won.
“I never expected it to be the $200,000,” he told lottery officials. “The first thing I did was I looked at it, and then I held it to my heart and I looked up and I said, ‘Thank you.’ I couldn’t believe I won that amount of money.”
As soon as he realized his ticket was worth $200,000 he went home to tell his wife and daughter.
He and his wife then drove to the lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $141,501 after taxes, according to the release.
Bonanno told his wife they were going to make a donation to their church and buy a new car with the money.
“She said, ‘No, we’re going out to dinner tonight,’” he told lottery officials.
The couple had their celebratory dinner on Monday, the release says.
“I always said I was going to win,” Bonanno told lottery officials. “I said this day is going to come sometime that I do win a big amount and it did today.”
Bonanno’s win was the first top prize in the Bonus Bucks game, the lottery says. There are five left.
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