The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 9, 2013

Two Charlotte men split $100,000 MONOPOLY scratch-off prize


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 — RALEIGH – Scott Sage and Jay Venaas of Charlotte plan to use the $100,000 prize they won playing the lottery to save for the future. They are the first to win the $5 MONOPOLY game’s top prize.


“I scratched the ticket at home and I immediately started shaking,” Venaas said. “We like to buy tickets together, but we’ve never won anything like this.”


After taxes were withheld, Sage and Venaas each received a check for $34,000. They purchased the lucky ticket at the Quick’N E-Z on West Trade Street in Charlotte.


“This isn’t enough to retire on but it really helps you feel humbled,” Sage said. As of Monday afternoon, five $100,000 top prizes remain to be claimed in the game.


The $5 MONOPOLY game is part of a suite of games that launched on March 26. All four games, priced at $1, $2, $5 and $10, are eligible for monthly second-chance drawings featuring cash prizes up to $10,000. Every entry is also automatically applied towards a MONOPOLY Super Entry. The MONOPOLY Super Entry Drawing will feature a $1 million prize. A “super entry” consists of a non-winning ticket entry from each of the four new MONOPOLY games. Online entry forms and additional information can be found at    


Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Mecklenburg County education programs received more than $210.9 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and college scholarships and financial aid based on need.


To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.6 billion for these initiatives statewide.