CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WGHP) — Stephen Zick, of Charlotte, decided to buy a scratch-off on a whim and won $100,000, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I was ready to leave the store, but something just stopped me and told me to buy a ticket,” he said.
Zick, 76, said he stopped at the Food Lion on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte to pick up a few things for his sister when he decided to buy his $20 ticket.
“When I scratched it, I saw I won something, but it wasn’t until I got home and my sister told me that I realized how much it was,” Zick said. “I thought she was kidding.”
He collected his prize at lottery headquarters Monday. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $71,016.
“All I know is now I can get what I want,” he said. “I really never expected that.”
Zick said he would give some money to his family and some to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well.