ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A split-second decision has forever changed the life of an Alamance County barber.

Sandra Lopez Alvarado was stopping for snacks after a July 4 get-together and decided to pick up a lottery ticket while she was there.

“I wasn’t going to buy a ticket at first,” said Lopez Alvarado. “I decided I was going to go for it

When she got home and scratched her ticket, she was shocked to see that it was a winner.

“What? I won the lottery,” recalled Lopez Alvarado of her winning moment. “It felt like ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!’”

She plans on using her winnings to open a barbershop of her own.

Fabulous Fortune launched this month with six $3 million prizes and 18 $100,000 prizes. Five $3 million prizes and 16 $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $9.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Alamance County in 2021, visit