Luke Combs Fan Turns $5 Into $200,000 With Scratch-Off Ticket Win

The lucky fan purchased the scratch-off ticket on a whim while helping a friend move.

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 20, 2023

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New York native Terrance Pertillar is surely “Living Lucky” after he found himself winning big on a Luke Combs scratch-off ticket. 

Pertillar was passing through Oxford, North Carolina while helping one of his friends relocate to Henderson, North Carolina when he won $200,000 on a Living Lucky with Luke Combs scratch-off lottery ticket.

It all went down on Friday (April 14) when Pertillar was traveling through the Tar Heel State with a friend. They stopped at the Granville Food Mart for gas. While at the store, Pertillar noticed a Luke Combs-branded lottery ticket and as a big fan of the “Love You Anyway” singer, he knew he had to buy one of the $5 tickets.

Man Wins Big

“I’m a fan of Luke Combs,” Pertillar told North Carolina lottery officials. “I saw his ticket so I bought it.”

The winning ticket was sold at Granville Food Mart in Oxford, North Carolina, which is just over 250 miles away from Combs’ hometown of Asheville. 

After scratching off the Living Lucky with Luke Combs ticket, Pertillar unveiled the massive prize.

Claims Cash Prize

“This is a once-in-a-blue-moon thing,” Pertillar added, “I was like, ‘Wow, is this real?’”

Pertillar claimed his cash prize at the North Carolina lottery headquarters on Monday, April 17, and after state and federal tax withholdings, the lucky winner took home $142,501.

The instant ticket winner marks the first person to claim one of the five $200,000 prizes available through Living Lucky with Luke Combs scratch-offs.

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In partnership with Atlas and North American Lotteries, Living Lucky With Luke Combs lottery tickets launched in Wisconsin last summer and were made available in 14 other states, including Texas, Maine, Vermont, Ohio, South Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky, Iowa, Kansas, Hoosier, Minnesota and Nebraska, over the course of the following year.

“Wisconsin is full of Luke Combs fans so it makes sense we’re the first state to offer this scratch ticket and bonus drawing,” Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin previously shared. ”I can’t wait to award the exclusive Living Lucky with Luke Combs concert experience to three Wisconsin Lottery players!”

The Combs-branded tickets became available in North Carolina earlier this month.

“Luke genuinely hopes one of his fans becomes $500,000 richer during his performance,” Derek Gwaltney, the Founder & CEO of Atlas Experiences, said. ”Working with North American Lotteries allows us to craft a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will connect to Luke’s fans and introduce lottery players to one of the top country artists today. The intimate cash concert with Luke is truly like no other prize.”

Chance To Attend Special Nashville Concert

Luke Combs is “honored” to be able to give his fans, The Bootleggers, a chance to “live out the song ‘When It Rains It Pours,’ and a shot at half a million dollars.”

“Good luck to everyone,” Combs previously shared in a statement.

Gwaltney added that Combs’ song “When It Rains It Pours” was the “perfect connection” to the multi-state lottery offer, where lottery players have the opportunity to enter for a second chance prize. The second chance drawing is for a chance to attend a private Luke Combs’ concert in Music City. 

“The prize will take place in Nashville, TN on February 6, 2024, and will be centered around an intimate concert at the iconic Ryman Auditorium, where one lucky winner will win $500,000,” Gwaltney continued. 

Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

In a press release, Rick Stowe, a partner at EastCoast Entertainment, stated, “There is no name bigger in country music right now than Luke Combs—and for good reason. Luke’s selling out stadiums but still understands what it means to be a fan of country music and experience intimate performances. We are extremely excited to be working with Atlas Experiences and Make Wake Artists to create a once-in-a-lifetime fan experience—The Living Lucky with Luke Combs lottery game. This event gives everyone a chance to experience an intimate performance like none other at the historic Ryman Auditorium with Luke Combs.” 

Luke Combs is in the midst of his massive World Tour, which kicked off on March 25 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and runs through October 19 when it’s set to wrap up in London, England at The O2 Arena. 

In total, the tour will visit 16 stadiums across North America, including Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium and more. Hitting three continents and 16 countries, the massive outing will also stop in Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, France and Belgium.

Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb will serve as support on the North American tour dates, while special guests on the Australian and New Zealand dates include Cody Johnson and Lane Pittman.

See a full list of the “Going, Going, Gone” singer’s tour dates below.

Luke Combs Tour Dates

April 

22—Detroit, MI—Ford Field*

29—Pittsburgh, PA—Acrisure Stadium*

May 

6—Chicago, IL—Soldier Field*

13—Minneapolis, MN—U.S. Bank Stadium*

20—Boise, ID—Albertsons Stadium*

27—Vancouver, BC—BC Place*

June 

3—Edmonton, AB—Commonwealth Stadium*

10—Kansas City, MO—GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium*

17—St. Louis, MO—Busch Stadium*

July 

8—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium*

15—Charlotte, NC—Bank of America Stadium*

22—Foxborough, MA—Gillette Stadium*

29—Philadelphia, PA—Lincoln Financial Field*

*with special guests Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb

Luke Combs International Tour Dates

August

9—Auckland, New Zealand—Spark Arena+

11—Brisbane, Australia—Brisbane Entertainment Centre+

16—Sydney, Australia—Qudos Bank Arena+

20—Melbourne, Australia—Rod Laver Arena+

23—Adelaide, Australia—Adelaide Entertainment Centre+

26—Perth, Australia—RAC Arena+

September

30—Oslo, Norway—Spektrum

October

1—Stockholm, Sweden—Annexet

4—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega

6—Hamburg, Germany—Barclays Arena

7—Amsterdam, Netherlands—AFAS Live

8—Paris, France—La Cigale

10—Zurich, Switzerland—The Hall

11—Brussels, Belgium—Ancienne Belgique

13—Dublin, Ireland—3Arena

14—Belfast, N. Ireland—SSE Arena

16—Glasgow, Scotland—OVO Hydro Arena

17—Manchester, England—AO Arena

19—London, England—The O2 Arena

+with special guests Cody Johnson and Lane Pittman

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.