Brunswick County woman tries luck with lottery for first time, wins $200,000


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – A Holden Beach woman won big, and it was her first time playing the lottery.

For over a week, Bonnie Cox carried around a scratch-off ticket worth $200,000 and didn’t even know it.

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“I just put it in my purse and forgot about it,” Cox said. “I only remembered to scratch it, because it was getting in the way when I was looking for something.”

Cox bought two $500 Frenzy scratch-offs at the Food Lion in Shallotte. One was the winning ticket. She put them in her purse and left them there for a week.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Cox thought after she scratched the tickets. “I kept looking at it and looking at it. I figured I was reading it wrong since this is the first time I’ve played.”

Cox claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She took home $139,003 after required state and federal tax withholdings. She plans to use the money to pay medical bills.