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.”
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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