Harnett County Man Strikes ‘Gold’ With $200,000 Top Prize

Tomas Alberto Varela Leon of Bunnlevel stopped for gas and some coffee after work and figured he’d treat himself to some scratch-off tickets. One of those tickets made him $200,000 richer.

Leon bought three scratch-off tickets at the Circle K off U.S. 421 South in Broadway. “I won $5 on the first one,” he recalls. The second was not a winner, but then he struck gold off the $5 GOLD game.

“I will pay off my car,” he said. “And start looking for a house to buy.”

Leon claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $129,500.

Because Leon won the final $200,000 top prize in the GOLD game, the lottery will begin steps to end the game.