Hatteras student wins $200,000 lottery prize

By on November 19, 2020

(NC Education Lottery)

The North Carolina Education Lottery has announced that Burak Davrekanli, an international student who resides in Hatteras, has won a final $200,000 Mega Bucks top prize.

Davrekanli purchased his winning $5 ticket from the Food Lion in Avon after stopping in the supermarket to pick up some last-minute things for dinner. When his big win sunk in, Davrekanli started celebrating. “I was alone but I’m pretty sure all of Hatteras Island heard me because I was just screaming!” he recalled.

Davrekanli claimed his prize on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $141,501. Davrekanli won the last $200,000 top prize so the lottery will begin steps to end the game.





  • Sean Mulligan

    If he is smart he will invest the money and not buy a new car. 147k compounded at 5% over 40 years is over a million dollars.Add 8% of your income for the next 40 years and it’s a lot more than that.Unfortunately the old saying easy come easy go rules the day for too many people in these situations.

    Friday, Nov 20 @ 7:08 am
  • surf123

    It is unfortunate his name is included in the column. The OB Voice should not have printer his name nor should his parents (or him) agreed to the column, but ignorance is bliss and everyone on HI knows he has money to blow, loan, giveaway or be stolen. He had become a mark.

    I do believe the names are publicized by the NC Lottery so anyone could find out about it, but there was no need to assist in the publicity. If I am correct about publicizing names the law needs to be changed.

    Friday, Nov 20 @ 9:58 am
  • Travis


    Agree in spirit that the notoriety puts a target on his back but the NC Lottery has a web page dedicated to promoting winners. Looks like you can opt out of the photo, but apparently you even get your mug featured by the Lottery in some cases.

    nclottery (dot) com/Winners

    Wednesday, Nov 25 @ 6:01 pm