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A lottery road trip ends in a $100,000 prize for Georgia grandmother

November 7, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 4:17 PM

Jenifer Skelton of Cleveland, Ga, a tradition of playing scratch-offs to pass the time during a road trip resulted in a $100,000 lottery prize.

Skelton, who makes and sells homemade candles, started her lottery road trip on the way home from a craft fair.

“We literally stop to get scratch-off tickets at every gas station on our side of the freeway,” Skelton said.  “It’s an hour-and-a-half drive home, so it gives us something to do on the way. We play as long as we keep winning. Once we don’t, we stop.”

Skelton’s winning stop ended up being the Dowdle Mountain Pit Stop on Dowdle Mountain Road in Franklin. There she decided to buy The BIG SPIN scratch-off ticket. 

“I’m so used to winning $5 or $10 that I honestly don’t know what I thought when I won,” Skelton said. “I’m still in disbelief. It doesn’t feel real.”

Instead of driving home, Skelton drove east across North Carolina to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her prize. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $70,751. The grandmother of two said she plans to use the money to help pay off her house and take care of her grandbabies.

The $5 scratch-off ticket launched in October. Players can win instant prizes up to $100,000 prize, or they could win a spin on the BIG SPIN prize wheel. Players who spin the wheel are guaranteed to win $100,000 but could win up to $500,000.

Ticket sales from games like The BIG SPIN make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  


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11/11/2019 07:14 - Sheila I.

@Tim M. Oh wow!!! I won't be wasting my money on those cards again. Something's not right with those cards ????. I'll stick with Carolina Black and the $30 Colossal card... when I have extra ??. I have won a few $200-$500 on those cards ??

11/11/2019 12:05 - Tim M.

@SHEILA I, the trashcans have plenty of ththese tickets. I guess the duds are widespread after all.

11/10/2019 04:29 - Sheila I.

@tim m. They say it's all about taking a chance but I'm starting to wonder about the "h"hit 5000" and the "loaded 5000 and 10000 games. $10 and $20 games. There are a lot of available winnings left but the ones I've bought, were all duds! I'm really starting to wonder if people are really winning ??????

11/10/2019 12:35 - Tatiana D.

NCEL, just notice that the lady said that they keep on playing until they stop winning. Try to add more small prizes to the games, especially expensive ones. This will keep people playing and trying their luck. Of course, everybody wants to win big, but the odds are hard to beat. A small win is nice too. Definitely, better than nothing. NC Lottery
Thanks for the feedback, Tatiana. We'll share it with our product development team!

11/09/2019 10:38 - Dewey J.

Why is there no power play option when buying a power ball ticket??? NC Lottery
Hi Dewey! You can certainly add the Power Play on our new site. The option to do this is now on the screen after you make your number selection. If you click "add to cart" the next screen gives the PowerPlay (or Megaplier) choice. Hope this helps!

11/08/2019 11:51 - Tim M.

Another out-of-state winner. Wow.....just, wow. ??

11/08/2019 10:39 - Brenda S.

Nice going. Best of luck. Keep playing, its fun.

11/08/2019 10:19 - Teresa S.

Congratulations!! I was wondering how many entries there are, for the Panthers prize package? Could someone tell me? Thanks!!NC Lottery
Hi Teresa, Right now there are 206,720 entries for the Carolina Panthers Lucke-Rewards drawing.

11/08/2019 07:26 - jesse h.

Good job I am next.

11/07/2019 08:36 - Patricia B.


11/07/2019 05:10 - Alberta E.

Congratulations to Ms. Skelton

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