Vincent Bonanno wins $200,000 scratch-off prize in NC Education Lottery

Raleigh,  NC (STL.News) Vincent Bonanno of Apex made a stop for lottery tickets Monday morning and walked out of the store as the first winner of a Bonus Bucks $200,000 top prize.

Bonanno, a retired UPS driver, purchased his lucky $5 ticket from the Food Lion on West William Street in Apex and scratched it right there in the store.

“I never expected it to be the $200,000,” he said.  “The first thing I did was I looked at it, and then I held it to my heart and I looked up and I said, ‘Thank you.’  I couldn’t believe I won that amount of money.”

He went straight home to share the news with his wife and daughter.

“I walked into the house and I told my wife, “We’re going to make a donation to our church and we’re going to buy a new car,’” said Bonanno. “She said, ‘No, we’re going out to dinner tonight!’”

The two drove straight to lottery headquarters in Raleigh.  After federal and state taxes, he took home $141,501.  They planned their celebratory dinner Monday night.

“I always said I was going to win,” said Bonanno.  “I said this day is going to come sometime that I do win a big amount and it did today.”

Bonus Bucks launched this month with six top prizes of $200,000. Five remain to be won.