REGIONAL: Gaston County man pockets $100,000 on scratch-off

Published 11:22 am Friday, April 29, 2022

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RALEIGH – Dennis Armstrong of Gastonia took a chance on a $20 scratch-off ticket and won a $100,000 prize.

Armstrong bought his lucky $2,000,000 Diamond Dazzler ticket from Gates Food Mart on Lowell Bethesda Road in Gastonia. He arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,016.

The $2,000,000 Diamond Dazzler game debuted in January with four top prizes of $2 million and eight $100,000 prizes. Two $2 million prizes and four $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $14.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Gaston County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.