Man wins $150,000 in lottery

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

A Patterson man took home the top prize in the Golden 7's scratch-off lottery game with a $150,000 winning ticket.

Christopher Erskine purchased a scratch ticket on July 3 from the Cubbard Express convenience store on Beecher Anderson Road. After state and federal taxes were withheld, Erskine's check amounted to $103,801, according to a press release. Erskine told lottery officials the money would be enough to finish his home renovations and save for his daughter's future.

"I've been saving and working on our house for the past eight years," he said in the press release issued by the N.C. Education Lottery. "It is a relief to finally be able to finish it for my family."

Erskine could not be reached Tuesday by the News-Topic.

McKenna McMinn, a clerk at Cubbard Express, said Erskine stops by several times a week to buy scratch-off tickets.

In the press release, Erskine is quoted as saying he likes to try new scratch-off games. "They're enjoyable because it's something different with new odds," he said.

According to the lottery's website, the Golden 7 game has five $150,000 winning tickets. The odds of getting one are one in 816,000.

Erskine was the second Caldwell County resident to hit it big in the N.C. Education Lottery within a three-month period. In early May, Raseane Denny, formerly of Staircase Road in Gamewell, won a $1 million top prize in the Millionaire 7's game. The ticket was purchased at the Fast Track convenience store on Morganton Boulevard SW in Lenoir. Denny took a lump sum cash payment of $415,203 after taxes.