Holiday scratch-off tradition brings $100,000 gift to Gaston County man

Holiday scratch-off tradition brings $100,000 gift to Gaston County man

GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - A family tradition of playing scratch-off tickets during the holidays delivered a gift of $100,000 to Joshua Brackett of Stanley.

Brackett, a plumber, said he and his mother and brother were sitting around the kitchen table with scratch-off tickets he purchased at the Kingsway on Chapel Grove School Road. There, they discovered that one of Brackett’s two $20 Holiday Countdown tickets had a $100,000 prize.

“I just picked my mom up and hugged her,” said Brackett. “That’s all I could do at that time.”

He claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $70,756.

“This is a boost for me,” Brackett said. “I’m happy and overjoyed.”

He said he planned to buy a new truck and then save the rest as he awaits the birth of a son in February.

The Holiday Countdown game started in November. All $1 million and $100,000 prizes have now been claimed and the lottery has started the process to end the game.

Holiday Countdown tickets as well as any Holiday Luck tickets can be entered into a second-chance drawing with the chance to win a $150,000 prize. In addition to the $150,000 prize, the drawing will also award five prizes of $10,000 and 50 prizes of $500.

The deadline to enter tickets into the next drawing is Sunday, Jan. 31, and the drawing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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