It only cost him $5, but that lottery scratch-off ticket paid off for Alex Contreras of Charlotte. He won $200,000!

The NC Education Lottery says Contreras bought his winning ticket at the Han-Dee Hugo’s on Brawley School Road in Mooresville, NC. He won playing Bonus Bucks. He’s already traveled to the lottery headquarters in Raleigh to take home his share of the winnings. He received $142,021 after taxes.

Sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise an average of more than $2.5 million a day for education. Get details on how money raised by the lottery made a difference in Mecklenburg County in 2021. Visit and click on the “Impact” section.