RALEIGH – Becky Forrest of Grandy plans to use the $150,000 she won playing the lottery’s new Caesars game to pay bills and share with her family. She is the first winner to claim the game’s top prize.
Forrest scratched off the lucky $5 ticket at home on Wednesday after purchasing it at the Food Lion on U.S. 158 East in Grandy. After state and federal taxes were withheld, she received a check for $103,801.
“I can’t stop smiling,” Forrest said as she collected her winnings. “This feels awesome. It’s unbelievable.”
The Caesars game, which went on sale on April 1, offers players four chances to win the $150,000 top prize and 20 chances to win a trip to Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas trip includes airfare for two and four night’s accommodations at Caesars Palace, transportation to and from the airport and $1,250 in spending money. Ten trips will be won instantly. Ten more trips will be won through second-chance drawings. Four of the trip winners will be chosen in the first of three second-chance drawings on Wednesday, May 7.
As of Thursday afternoon, three more $150,000 top prizes remain to be claimed in the Caesars game.
Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.19 billion for education programs statewide. Net proceeds are used for prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, digital learning initiatives, need-based college scholarships and financial aid.
For details on how more than $6.2 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Currituck County, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.