Dreams of a new SUV and a trip to Italy can come true now for Sandra Benotti of Brunswick County after winning a $200,000 scratch-off prize.
Benotti’s good luck came with a $5 Carolina Panthers ticket that she purchased from Doodles on Country Club Drive in Oak Island. A retired nurse, Benotti and her husband moved to Oak Island this year from Massachusetts.
“It certainly is a nice welcome,” Benotti said.
Benotti claimed her prize Thursday at lottery headquarters and, after state and federal tax withholdings, took home $141,501. She said they planned to use the prize money to buy a new SUV and, when the COVID-19 virus allows, take a long-awaited trip to Italy, the home of her husband’s ancestors.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Benotti. “To me, this is phenomenal. I never thought this would happen.”
The Carolina Panthers game launched in July with six top prizes of $200,000. One top prize remains to be won. Carolina Panthers fans can also enter tickets into the final second-chance drawing in the game. The drawing will award one grand prize that includes season tickets for home games in the 2021 season and membership in the Panthers’ Fifty 3 Club for 25 $500 prizes.
Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.