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$1M lottery winner says 'money won't change us'

Posted November 7, 2014

Bonnie and Bobby Gardner

— A Fayetteville art teacher is North Carolina’s latest lottery millionaire.

Bonnie Gardner, a teacher at J.W. Seabrook Elementary School, said she plans to use the $1 million prize she won playing $200 Million Blowout to help her family.

“This is a good feeling,” she said. “I was happy before winning, and I’m happy now. This money won’t change us.”

Gardner and her husband collected the winnings Friday, according to officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery. She took a cash option and received a check for $415,206 after taxes.

Lottery officials said Gardner is the second player to win $1 million in the $20 game. She purchased her winning ticket at Tobacco Road Outlet on Cedar Creek Road in Fayetteville.


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  • tinagtodd Nov 12, 2014

    I sure hope you tipped your cashier that sold you the ticket. She gets nothing form the company. Lottery customers can be hard to deal with and it makes it really worthwhile when they show there appreciation. Also share the wealth, it will come back to you.

  • Christopher Byrne Nov 7, 2014
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    Never put $1 in it. ya'll have fun blowing your $$$$. NC gets enough tax money out of its residents. I'm not giving them a single penny more than what's required by law. IMHO only a fool contributes to this "education lottery".

  • Beth Pearce Nov 7, 2014
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    Congratulations! While one million isn't really that much, it is enough to possibly retire off of, AS LONG AS a person is very careful. But definitely, a nice little chunk of change! GOOD FOR THEM!

  • liskm Nov 7, 2014

    Happy for her!
    How many yrs. does it take a teacher to clear $415,000~a LOT!

  • Singlemalt Nov 7, 2014

    ECP1951: Read the fine print (on the lottery website) before reacting.

  • ecp1951 Nov 7, 2014

    the lottery is a ripoff! she hit for $1,000,000 and gets only $415,206 after taxes!

  • 678devilish Nov 7, 2014

    Congratulations! Spend the money wisely. Take a cruise.Enjoy!

  • Brandon White Nov 7, 2014
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    The lottery is participatory, "freedom of choice tax," for people who are "bad at math." So...... there should not be a tax on the tax. Further a million dollars is not a lot of money anymore. It's nice, but even if you invest it very conservatively in a corporate bond, which are now paying 4%, your annual income off of the 1 mil, is only $40,000. You cannot retire or live off of $40,000.00.

  • jimcricket15 Nov 7, 2014

    Unfortunately government is going to seize a huge chunk of that. For a tiny slice of time you just moved way up the income scale and became a large target. Whatever is left, this is what you should do. Become debt free right away. Pay off home, car loans credit cards etc. Remainder put away for retirement. that then frees you up to help your family members. Every bit of your income will be spendable. Once you cover your utilities and food help out with what is left as much as you care to do. People could live much much easier and enjoyable lives without debt. Go for it. Oh and I have a feeling you will have a lot more friends and a larger family than you thought possible.

  • busyb97 Nov 7, 2014

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    To her it was.