RALEIGH – Charlette Artis of Goldsboro was sitting at home on Friday when she scratched off the $100,000 top prize on her Jingle Big Ol’ Bucks ticket.
“That’s a lot of zeroes,” Artis said as collected her winnings on Monday afternoon. “I had to get three other people to look at the ticket for me before I could believe it, but it finally sunk in.”
Artis won one of four $100,000 prizes in the Jingle Big Ol’ Bucks game, which started in November. As of Monday afternoon, one $100,000 prize remains to be claimed. She purchased the lucky $5 ticket at the Hasty Mart on North Spence Avenue in Goldsboro.
After state and federal taxes were withheld, Artis received $69,201. She said she planned to use the money to pay bills and save for the future.
As of September 2013, the lottery has raised more than $3 billion to support education programs. Lottery dollars support teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction and repair projects, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, need-based college scholarships and financial aid and digital learning initiatives.
To see how more than $42.7 million in lottery dollars have made a difference in Wayne County, go to the Where the Money Goes webpage at http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx.