Tony Summerlin of Granite Falls, North Carolina, wanted a chance to win a game called Carolina Cash 5 jackpot, so he stopped at a local store for a ticket.
While there, he also purchased a $5 scratch-off ticket for the Ultimate Fan game, officially-licensed by NASCAR®.
It turns out Summerlin wouldn’t have to wait until the Cash 5 drawing that night to win big.
He began to scratch his Ultimate Fan ticket outside the store in his pick-up truck. Summerlin knew he won something because the No. 27 in the play area matched one of his winning numbers. That’s when he began to reveal the prize amount.
I said, “This doesn’t look like a normal $100,’ so I scratched the rest off, he said. The tears started rolling.
Summerlin called his wife right away to share the news he had won $100,000.
She couldn’t understand what I was saying, he recalled. I had to show her the ticket. My hand was shaking when I did.
Summerlin collected his prize money, which totaled $68,001 after taxes, at lottery headquarters. A North Carolina native who has worked as a truck driver for 17 years, Summerlin said his win is a relief for his family.
We’ve been blessed, he said. When we get done, the only thing we’re going to owe on is the house.