Sawmills man hits second six-figure jackpot in two years

But he's still working and buying more tickets
Mar. 20, 2014 @ 08:34 AM

Tony Summerlin stops every day at the Northside Superette on Pinewood Road in Granite Falls, which is on his way to work from his home in Sawmills, to scratch an itch -- his itch to buy scratch-off lottery tickets.

Sunday night, he bought two "Green and Gold" tickets, jumped into his 1989 Ford Ranger pickup and began to scratch the first ticket.

"When I saw the dollar sign I thought maybe I had won $5 or $10," he said.

He had the right numerals in mind, but the wrong quantity.

Summerlin won $150,000.

And it wasn't even the first time he hit a six-figure winner. Two years ago, he claimed a $100,000 prize with a scratch-off ticket bought at the same store.

After that win, he bought his wife, Becky, a new red Kia Soul for her birthday and paid off all of his bills except his mortgage. This time, he had his eyes set on a new car for himself. After picking up his winnings in Raleigh on Monday, he headed to a Dodge dealer with his 20-year-old son, Dustin, and he knew just what he wanted: a Magnum. Just one problem with that.

"They told me they didn't make them anymore," Summerlin said. "I had my heart set on one."

Instead, he now plans to replace his truck, which has more than 200,000 miles on it, with a new extended-cab pickup.

Summerlin still maintains his daily routine of buying lottery tickets -- since Monday, he has won another $200.

Summerlin has no plans for retiring, and has no plans for a whirlwind vacation. Early Tuesday morning, he was back on the road as a driver for Performance Food Service/IFH, heading to Mount Airy.

"I'm here to work and support me and my family," he said. "The Lord has blessed us. I want to thank my wife Becky for standing by me and supporting me."