Iredell Woman Wins $1 Million Playing Scratch-off
Scratch-off tickets are paying off for players, especially for an Iredell County woman who just won $1 million. Stephanie Lowe of Mooresville took a chance on a $30 scratch-off ticket and won a $1 million prize. The price of those tickets might stop us because who wants to spend $30 on just a chance? But as in life, we automatically lose by not taking the shot. Lowe bought her lucky Millionaire Maker ticket from the Speed Mart on Hasty School Road in Thomasville. It’s not if you’ll win, but when you do win, you’ll have to visit your assigned lottery office to claim your prize. Take your identification and always take good care of that ticket before arriving. Can you imagine misplacing the winning ticket and how that would feel?
Always sign the back of the lottery ticket!
After Lowe arrived at our lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday, she had a decision we’d all have to make. Either choosing to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She made the smart choice for her by taking the lump sum of $600,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $429,009. Check out our North Carolina Education Lottery YouTube channel to see the reactions of winners. You’ll even see the winner’s reactions to smaller life-changing moments. For more details on how $11.1 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Iredell County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section. The North Carolina Education Lottery always reminds us to play responsibly because it can be a little bit addictive to want something so badly, like becoming rich overnight.