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$1 million prize lets Burke County woman buy a home

July 6, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:36 PM

Lisa Long of Morganton said her good luck of winning $1 million means one of her dreams can now come true.

“We’re in a house right now that’s got a high rent,” Long said. “So, I’m going to get a house that’s paid for.”

She says she treats herself to $20-$30 worth of scratch off tickets once a month. Last week, she took $20, bought three tickets, and walked away with her big win. The $1 million winner came from a $10 Red Hot Riches ticket.

“I’ve been playing this ticket since it came out,” said Long. “I’ve hit like $100 on it twice.”

She always stops at the Royal Mart located on Lenoir Road in Morganton to buy her tickets.

“This is my pastime,” she said. “Winning it was a blessing!”

Long had the choice of taking her $1 million prize as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum and took home $424,503 after federal and state tax withholdings.

Red Hot Riches started in May with four top prizes of $1 million. Two of those $1 million prizes remain to be won.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million per year for education. For details on how $5.2 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Burke County last year, visit and click on the “Impact” section.


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7/08/2020 04:05 - Ellyn H.

Congratulations Ms. Long

7/08/2020 01:06 - George W.

Congratulation!Enjoy your blessing. You deserve it.

7/08/2020 03:15 - Joanne M.


7/07/2020 10:52 - Brenda S.

Fanastic. Enjoy your big win.

7/06/2020 09:58 - vanessa b.


7/06/2020 09:53 - Shadaus H.


7/06/2020 07:16 - ray h n.


7/06/2020 05:48 - Mark Z.


7/06/2020 02:49 - Douglas H.

What a spectacular win!! Congratulations Lisa. Enjoy your new beautiful paid off home :-)

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