CONCORD, N.C. (WGHP) — Melissa Corano-Juarez, of Charlotte, bought a $5 scratch-off and won $200,000, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I was thinking maybe I was going to win $50, $100 max,” she said.
When she got home and checked the ticket, she found a much bigger prize.
“I just scratched it off, and it said $200,000, so I was just in complete shock,” she said, “I just started shaking, and I was really happy.”
Corano-Juarez, 21, bought her Ice scratch-off at the Raceway Amoco on Lyles Lane in Concord. She said the big win also shocked her family.
“I told them and they thought I was playing around until I showed them the actual ticket,” she said.
Corano-Juarez visited lottery headquarters in Raleigh Wednesday to collect her prize. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $142,501.
She plans to put the money in savings.
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Watch lottery drawings on FOX8! Mega Millions airs at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball airs at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The NC Lottery airs at 11:22 p.m. every night.
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