Stroke of Luck: Gastonia Father Bags $250,000 in New Lottery Game

Gastonia resident Joshua Ramsey made an impromptu decision to buy a ticket for the 20X The Cash scratch-off game while grabbing a drink at a convenience store. His spur-of-the-moment choice led to him winning the game’s top prize of $250,000, beating odds of about 1 in 1.3 million.

Ramsey, thrilled by his win, expressed gratitude for the unexpected windfall, stating, “This is life-changing for us. I’m going to buy my family a home.” His decision to purchase the ticket was driven by a gut feeling, which he followed while at Mike’s Food Store in Gastonia.

The excitement of winning left Ramsey shaking with disbelief. He recounted the moment, saying, “I started shaking all over. It’s one of those experiences you’ll never forget.” Ramsey’s family shared in his joy, with his sister and son ecstatic upon hearing the news.

After taxes, Ramsey took home $178,751. He plans to use the winnings to purchase a home for his family and is also considering buying a car. With his win, the number of top prizes in the 20X The Cash game decreased to nine.