Amy Darboe of Wallace tried her luck in a second-chance drawing and won the $200,000 grand prize on Wednesday.
Darboe found out that she won the top prize in the 2023 Holiday Second Chance drawing when she got an email notification from the lottery. There were more than 22 million entries in the drawing.
She arrived on Friday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $143,000.
Players got a second chance with their holiday scratch-off tickets by scanning them into their lottery accounts where they were automatically entered into the drawing. In addition to the $200,000 top prize, the drawing had two $50,000 winners and 200 winners of $500.
For details on how $4.5 million raised by the lottery made a difference for education programs in Duplin County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.