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Caldwell County woman wins lottery twice in one day

November 14, 2017 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:55 PM

Two lucky tickets, one worth $10,000 and the other worth $1 million, sat 22 miles apart Sunday night, and in an ‘astonishing’ bit of luck, Michelle Shuffler of Granite Falls found them both.   

Shuffler found the first ticket, when she and her husband stopped at the Cubbard Express on Beecher Anderson Road in Lenoir.

“We don’t normally play the lottery,” Shuffler said. “My husband just happened to have some cash in his pocket. At the last second, he decided to buy a ticket.”

 When Shuffler scratched the Million Dollar Fever ticket, she saw that it was worth $10,000.

 “I was in complete disbelief,” Shuffler said. “I still am.” Later that night, as Shuffler and her husband talked about what happened, they decided to get another scratch-off ticket.

 “We saw that the game had a million dollar prize,” Shuffler said. “So we decided, ‘Why not try to beat the odds again?’”

 This time they stopped at the Murphy Express on Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls. When she scratched the second Million Dollar Fever ticket, she realized she had in fact beat the odds and won $1 million.  

  “It’s quite astonishing,” Shuffler said. “It’s a miracle!”

 Shuffler claimed both prizes Monday afternoon at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. For the $1 million prize, she had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the annuity. She received her first payment of $50,000. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $34,753.  She will get an additional payment each year for the next 19 years. Shuffler plans to use the money to save for retirement and add to her children’s college funds.

 Ticket sales from games like Million Dollar Fever make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for the state.

Congratulations Michelle!



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11/20/2017 10:49 - Josh W.


11/20/2017 09:11 - Sharonda M.

Congrats I just imagine the day I will win I play an regardless of the amount won

11/20/2017 06:47 - Linda S.

Congratulations Michelle!

11/20/2017 06:30 - MARION E.

Where can I find winners of second chance drawings? NC Lottery
Hi, Marion. On the website, please sign in. Once you do that, your username will appear at the top right corner of the screen. It should be in a blue box. Click on that box. That will open up your player dashboard. This is where you access things like points, enter drawings, check lucke-rewards/second-chance winners, etc. To check second-chance winners, click on the "Draws" icon on the top left. Then select the "Second Chance" tab, as it will default to "Lucke-Rewards." Once you are on the second-chance page, you will see a drop down on the far right. It defaults to "Active" so you will need to select, "All" from the drop down menu. Then you will be able to see all winners.

11/18/2017 10:01 - Richard M.

Same old same old. Nothing but losers in the scratch offs.

11/18/2017 02:23 - Jennifer W.

That’s awesome!!! Congratulations!!!

11/18/2017 06:48 - Cornelia A.

Wow,I wish I’m the next winner!

11/17/2017 09:07 - Thomas B.

Do you have a list of the pick 4 winners like the old site had? NC Lottery
We sure do! You can check it out here: Have a great weekend!

11/17/2017 11:53 - Gayle T.

Congratulations Michelle!!!!!!

11/15/2017 10:55 - Charlene W.

I just can't imagine. These stories you read about winners esp the ones that "win twice" hard to not be a little skeptic with this whole lotto hoopla.

11/15/2017 10:22 - Kelly K.

Where do you find winners posted? NC Lottery
Hi Kelly- You can find the winners of Lucke-Rewards drawings by going to the "User Dashboard" and look under the "Draw" icon. Un-check the "My Entries" box and that will show you a list of drawings and winners. To see instant ticket winners just go to the "Win" section of the website.

11/15/2017 08:22 - Mike S.

I find it hard to believe that no one has claimed the $500 Quick Cash prizes from the Nov 1 drawing or is that part of the new website messed up too?

11/15/2017 08:02 - Michael W.

Congrats! Now THAT is a lucky day!!

11/15/2017 12:08 - Ann H.

Congrats !!!!! Soooo happy for u & ur family

11/14/2017 07:59 - Mary G.

Wow! Share the LUCK!

11/14/2017 06:56 - Dedric H.

God is real God is good and faithful and always on time. Praise God and all the glory and honor.

11/14/2017 02:33 - Virginia L.


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