Rosa Lilly of Mount Gilead had a chance to spin a giant prize wheel Wednesday at the Bigger $pin Live Event and she landed on a $2 million prize, the top prize offered in the event.
Lilly told her daughter the night before that she was going to win the $2 million.
“I just had a feeling,” Lilly said.
Lilly, a 67-year-old retired certified nursing assistant, became the first $2 million winner in the history of the Bigger $pin Live Event.
“I’m so excited right now it just feels great,” Lilly said.
Lilly’s stroke of good fortune started when she bought her $10 Bigger $pin scratch-off from Wilder Grocery on North Main Street in Mount Gilead.
“I was so happy, that was my lucky day,” Lilly said.
Lilly originally received $50,000 when she first won her prize. After her big spin Wednesday, she received an additional $1,950,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $1,420,274.
She said she plans to use her winnings to take a vacation to the Bahamas, remodel her house, buy a new Lexus, and give some money to her church and her family.
Lilly is the fourth person to get a chance to win one of the $2 million prizes. At the first event in November, a retired Greensboro postal worker won $900,000 and a Durham cook won $400,000. At the second event in January, a manufacturing plant worker from Fayetteville won $500,000.
Two more chances to win $2 million are up for grabs. One more person can win a turn at the prize wheel on the scratch-off and another person can win a turn in a second-chance drawing. All Bigger $pin tickets can be entered into the drawing.
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. The state provided a $2.65 million grant, using money raised by the lottery, to help Montgomery County with school construction. For details on other ways Montgomery County benefits from lottery funds, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.