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Christmas gift from boss earns man $200,000 lottery jackpot

Christmas gift from boss earns man $200,000 lottery jackpot
Ta'Von Batts, of Charlotte, N.C., won a $200,000 lottery jackpot from a scratch-off ticket that was part of a Christmas gift bag from his boss. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man ended up getting a $200,000 Christmas bonus when a scratch-off lottery ticket from a gift bag his boss gave him turned out to be a top prize winner.

Ta'Von Batts, of Charlotte, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials his Black Diamond 7s scratch-off ticket was part of a gift bag he got from work.

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"The scratch off that I received was a gift in a goodie bag that my boss gave out to all employees before Christmas," he said. "He got two tickets for everyone and put them in the gift bag. So, I scratched it off after work and it turned out to be a winner!"

Batts said he was initially suspicious of the $200,000 prize.

"I'm not gonna lie. At first, I thought it was one of those prank lottery tickets," he recalled. "So, I went up to him and was like, 'You're playing with me!'

"And he said, 'No!' and then his eyes got really big, and he started running around screaming and then I started running around screaming."

Batts said it "feels really good" to win the jackpot.

"Definitely going to try to invest it and make more money off of it and I'll give some back to my family," he said.

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