RALEIGH – Connie Grant, a resident of Battleboro in Edgecombe County, may take a vacation with the $100,000 top prize she won playing the Mega Bucks game.
Grant learned of her big win on Friday when she scratched off her lucky ticket at Faulkner’s Store on Red Oak Boulevard in Red Oak.
“I saw the number come up and I just could not believe it,” Grant said. “The clerk scanned the ticket and said I had to claim my prize at the lottery and congratulated me.”
Grant said she may use a portion of her winnings, worth $68,001 after taxes were withheld, to pay bills.
“I can’t really describe how I’m feeling,” Grant said as she held her check for the first time. “I feel anxious, but I also feel very blessed.”
As of Tuesday morning, three $100,000 top prizes remain to be claimed in the Mega Bucks game.
Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Edgecombe County education programs received more than $15.4 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and college scholarships and financial aid based on need.
To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.8 billion for these initiatives statewide.