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‘I’m rejoicing’ says Pitt County woman after $100,000 lottery win

June 17, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 4:26 PM

Portia Opharrow of Greenville picked up a $200 lottery prize on Tuesday, decided to try her luck again with two Millionaire Bucks tickets, and ended up winning a $100,000 prize.

Opharrow stopped at the Food Lion on Red Banks Road in Greenville to claim a $200 prize she had won on a scratch-off ticket. “When I got my $200, something told me to go to the machine,” said Opharrow, so she purchased two $20 Millionaire Bucks scratch-offs.

“I was sitting in my car scratching and scratching and I saw all these 0’s” she said. Excited to share the news, she went to her sister’s house to verify her winning ticket. “I wanted to be able to make sure, ‘Am I seeing this right?’” she recalled. “And I just stood there and cried, cried, cried.”

Once the nervousness wore off, Opharrow said, “I’m rejoicing because I need some remodeling done. But I couldn’t afford it, and now I can do what I need to do without borrowing the money.”

Opharrow claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Wednesday. After federal and state taxes, she took home $70,756.

After some home renovations, Opharrow plans to pay off some bills and share the winnings with her son and daughter. “I’m just so excited,” she said.

Just because she’s a big winner now, Opharrow’s lottery days aren’t over yet. “I’m going to be a millionaire,” she said. “My mantra is, ‘If you’re not in it, you cannot win it.’” But, “make sure you pay your bills before you buy your tickets.”

Millionaire Bucks launched this month with four top prizes of $4 million and six $100,000 prizes. Four $4 million prizes and five $100,000 prizes remain to be won.


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6/18/2020 11:36 - vanessa b.


6/18/2020 09:43 - Douglas H.

Congratulations Portia :-). Enjoy your winnings.

6/18/2020 07:53 - ray h n.


6/18/2020 11:35 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins.

6/18/2020 11:31 - Jetonia P.

Congratulations to you GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.... everyday I say what said I'm going to be a millionaire soon.... so enjoy what GOD gave you and congrats again

6/18/2020 06:55 - vanessa b.


6/18/2020 02:27 - Hope B.


6/18/2020 12:36 - Sharon L.

Congratulations! God is in the blessing business. I won $200 this month as well with the mega millions and later won $70 on scratch offs. I only bought $5 & $3 ones. Scared to buy $20 ones. I believe I do your sister’s health insurance. Small world. I believe I’m going to hit big as well. Yes I say the same thing you have to be in it to win it!!!!

6/17/2020 10:23 - mark m.

Great for them but I wished you quit spending millions on TV advertising and put it in to winnings, that would be better advertising, because when you buy 4 $5 tickets and dont win a dime ( like I have several times) that is Negative advertising, your getting to big (to many games) and that is not good for your customers, it becomes a Scam NC Lottery
We hear you, Mark. Just like brands need to advertise their products or services, the lottery advertises in order to support ticket sales which in turn helps raise money for education. We’re happy to share that less than one percent of lottery revenue is spent on advertising each year.

6/17/2020 09:45 - Debra K.

Congratulations to her.It would be nice to see what a ticket with a lot of money on it looks like.

6/17/2020 08:24 - Jeffrey S.

Congrats!!! Btw, can someone please tell me how many entries there are at the moment for the Supreme Riches Drawing number 3 and the Colossal Cash drawing number 4? thank you NC Lottery
Hey Jeffrey, As of Tuesday when we received the latest entry totals, the Supreme Riches second-chance drawing had 942,797 entries and the Colossal Cash second-chance drawing had 585,363 entries.

6/17/2020 05:53 - john a.

Wow, yet another big win at a Food Lion.

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