Cabarrus County man wins $200,000 a day before wife’s birthday
Published 5:21 pm Thursday, January 26, 2023
RALEIGH – Michael Petrivelli of Concord bought a $5 scratch-off ticket the day before his wife’s birthday and won the first $200,000 prize in a new lottery game.
He said winning such an amazing prize the day before her birthday made it even more special.
“It was definitely a nice birthday present for her,” he said in a news release.
Petrivelli, a 62-year-old mechanic, bought his lucky Ice ticket from the Speedway on Concord Parkway North in Concord.
“Lo and behold, I thought it was a joke,” Petrivelli laughed. “I didn’t think it was real.”
He arrived at lottery headquarters Wednesday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,501.
“We are redoing our house right now so this will really come in handy,” Petrivelli said.
The Ice game launched in December with three top prizes of $200,000. Two $200,000 prizes remain to be claimed.
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how $15.6 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Cabarrus County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.