REGIONAL: Mecklenburg County man bags $200,000 scratch-off prize

Published 9:53 am Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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RALEIGH – Lythe El-Hulu of Mint Hill took a chance on a $5 scratch-off ticket and won a $200,000 prize.

El-Hulu bought his lucky Hot 5’s ticket from Stars Mart on West C Street in Kannapolis.

He stopped by lottery headquarters Monday to claim his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,501.

The Hot 5’s game debuted July of 2022 with five top prizes of $200,000. Since El-Hulu won the last top prize, the lottery will begin the process of ending the game.

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 $61.8 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Mecklenburg County last year, visit and click on the “Impact” section.