RALEIGH – Christopher Erskine, a landscaping maintenance worker from Patterson, plans to finish his home renovations after scratching off the $150,000 top prize in the new Golden 7’s instant game.

“I’ve been saving and working on our house for the past eight years,” Erskine said. “It is a relief to finally be able to finish it for my family.”

Erskine purchased his lucky ticket Thursday at the Cubbard Express on Beecher Anderson Road in Lenoir.

“I like to always try the new scratch-off games for fun,” Erskine said. “They’re enjoyable because it’s something different with new odds.”

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Erskine received a check for $103,801. He said he plans to use a portion of his winnings to save for his daughter’s future.

“I’ve been calm but it’s now starting to set in,” Erskine said as he held his check for the first time. “I will never forget this.”

The Golden 7’s game went on sale on July 1st with five top prizes of $150,000. As of Monday afternoon, four more top prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.4 billion for the state. Net proceeds are used for prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, digital learning initiatives, need-based college scholarships and financial aid.

For details on how more than $21.3 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Caldwell County, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.