Caldwell County man wins $700,000 on scratch-off

Last Updated on October 11, 2022 6:52 pm

Jose Romero-Garcia of Lenoir tried his luck on a $10 scratch-off and collected a $700,000 prize.

Romero-Garcia bought his lucky Scorching Hot 7s ticket from Cheek’s Convenience & Grill on Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir. He claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters and, after required federal and state withholdings, took home $497,073.

The Scorching Hot 7s game debuted in April with four top prizes of $700,000. One $700,000 prize remains to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $2.5 million a day on average for education. A $15 million grant, using money raised by the lottery, helped Caldwell County build the new Granite Falls Middle School. For details on other ways Caldwell County benefits from lottery funds, visit and click on the “Impact” section.

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