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Holiday Cheer lottery tickets available this year.

RALEIGH – Johnny Sanders of Zionville took a chance on a $5 Holiday Cheer scratch-off ticket and won a $150,000 prize the day before Thanksgiving, the North Carolina Education Lottery announced Nov. 24.

Sanders purchased his ticket at the Valley Grocery on U.S. 421 North in Zionville. He claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and, after federal and state tax withholdings, took home $106,126, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release.

Holiday Cheer launched in November with four $150,000 top prizes. Two $150,000 top prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. For details on how money raised by the lottery made a difference in Watauga County in 2020, visit and click on the “Impact” section.

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"Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education"

Ahh yes. Because why adequately fund public education via taxes when you can simply pass the costs on to low income folks via the lottery? The fact that this consistently goes undiscussed in these kinds of articles is truly disgusting. This is not something to celebrate, FFS! This is a broken system. A system where the wealthy have successfully lobbied (read: bribed) politicians to strip away taxes geared towards the public good. The lottery is nothing more than a way to free the wealthy from the "burden" of paying their fair share of taxes while continuing to keep lower income areas in poverty and passing the costs onto them!

Honestly, why don't you state this in your article? It's a fact, and one that the longer we ignore, the more harm will be done.

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