Monday, July 4, 2022

Wilmington lottery winner banks $200K on $5 scratch-off

WILMINGTON — The N.C. Education Lottery has a new winner in New Hanover County resident Steven Milligan.

Milligan purchased a Sapphire 7s scratch-off from the Gas Center on Market Street and received a $200,000 return for a $5 investment. The prize awarded $142,021 after state and federal taxes.

The lottery debuted Sapphire 7s in December. Six $200,000 prizes were available to claim; only one remains.

Scratch-off game sales contribute more than $900 million a year for education, according to the N.C. Education Lottery. For details on how $11.1 million raised by the lottery made a difference in New Hanover County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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