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Goldsboro woman plans to build 'dream home' after $250,000 lottery win

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A Goldsboro woman who cares for special needs people won $250,000 with a lottery scratch-off ticket.

Lorie Sykes said she plans to build her dream home after picking up the big prize in Raleigh on Tuesday, according to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“This is life-changing,” Sykes said. “I want to build a four-bedroom house with room for my family to come visit.”

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Sykes bought the ticket Saturday at the Speedway gas station on U.S. 70 in Goldsboro.

 “I actually just stopped to get a Coke-flavored slushy, but decided to get some lottery tickets as well," Sykes told lottery officials.

Sykes waited until she returned home from a trip to Virginia before she played the $5 ticket.

“After I pulled into the driveway, I popped on the light in my car and started scratching,” Sykes said. “I looked at the ticket and thought, ‘That can’t be right.’ It’s so surprising! I just can’t believe it.”

After required state and federal tax withholdings, Skyes took home $176,254.  

The 20X The Cash scratch-off launched in February with eight top prizes of $250,000. Four top prizes remain.

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