RALEIGH – Fannie Easter of Fayetteville plans to use the $150,000 she won playing the Golden 7’s game to purchase a new home.
Easter scratched off the lucky $5 ticket on Thursday afternoon after purchasing it at the Kangaroo Express on Natal Road in Fayetteville.
“It was the last number on the ticket,” Easter said. “I looked at it and my hand started shaking. I took the ticket inside and they said I had to claim it in Raleigh. I started shaking again and couldn’t say a word. It was like I was frozen.”
After state and federal taxes were withheld, Easter received a check for $103,801. She said she plans to use a portion of her winnings to take a special vacation.
“My birthday is coming up soon and I’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas,” Easter said as she collected her winnings. “Now I’m going to get to spend my birthday there. I’m pinching myself. This still doesn’t feel real.”
As of Friday morning, three more $150,000 top prizes remain to be claimed in the Golden 7’s game.
Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.4 billion for the state. 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 $115.8 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Cumberland County, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.