Christmas Came Early For Couple, Delivering A $200,000 Prize

Kelly McGee and her husband, Rickey, celebrating their win with their “Big Check.”

COATS – A “great Christmas” got even better for Kelly McGee of Coats when two days before Christmas Day a $5 scratch-off turned into an early gift of $200,000.

“I was speechless,” said McGee. “I felt numb.”

After buying the “7” ticket from the Bass Country Store on N.C 27 East in Coats on Thursday, McGee scratched the ticket in the parking lot and her husband took it inside to see if it was a winner.

“He ran out to tell me we won, but I didn’t believe him,” said McGee. “I still don’t believe it.”

The cafeteria manager and her husband, a retired construction worker, collected their prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state withholdings, they took home $141,501.

“We’re so blessed and thankful,” said McGee. “This will help us with the retirement we deserve.”

With their winnings, the couple plan to add money to their retirement fund, pay off a car, and buy land. “We won’t have to worry about anything, but paying the light bill,” she said.

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