‘My heart dropped,’ Winston-Salem fast food worker said of winning $200,000 prize


Betzi Rivera of Winston-Salem

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Betzi Rivera of Winston-Salem said a split-second decision while pumping gas resulted in her winning a $200,000 lottery prize.

“I don’t normally play the lottery,” Rivera said. “I just randomly decided to get a ticket.”

The fast-food worker bought the winning Mega Bucks scratch-off ticket at the Church Street BP on Church Street in Concord. She took the $5 ticket home and started scratching.”

“My heart dropped when I saw what I won,” Rivera said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Rivera claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $141,501. She plans to invest most of the money, but said she might treat herself to a new Apple Watch.

Mega Bucks launched in November 2017. Four $200,000 top prizes remain.

Must-See Stories

More Must-See Stories


Follow FOX8 on Twitter