news blog > article

‘I believe in second chances’ says Cumberland County woman after $100,000 win

September 16, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:32 PM

Stuck on the side of a road with a flat tire, Tamara Ortiz of Fayetteville realized luck was on her side when she checked her email and discovered she was the winner of a $100,000 lottery prize.

“I was having a really, really bad day,” recalled Ortiz. “I had a friend come get me and he had to put on his hotspot for me to use my phone and I said, ‘Well, let me just check my emails and my stuff real quick.’”

When she came across the email from the lottery notifying her of her big win, she couldn’t believe her eyes. “I looked at it and I dropped my phone,” she said. “I was like, ‘I don’t know if this is real!”

Ortiz’s entry was chosen from over 10,906,000 entries in the third 2020 Multiply the Cash second-chance drawing on Sept. 9. Winners of second-chance drawings receive a phone call or email notifying them that they won.

“I believe in second chances,” said Ortiz. “And now I’m an even bigger believer in second chances! I just think that it is a great opportunity.”

Ortiz, who works as a store manager at a convenience store, claimed her prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $70,750.

“It’s going to help us tremendously especially with transportation,” said Ortiz. She plans on buying herself some “reliable transportation”, and has her eye on a Honda Accord.

One 2020 Multiply the Cash second-chance drawing remains. Each drawing offers 34 prizes including the grand prize of $100,000, eight $5,000 prizes, and 25 prizes of $500.

The final drawing is scheduled for Feb. 3. You can enter any of your Multiply the Cash tickets via the lottery’s website or scan the ticket’s bar code using the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.


Login to leave a comment.

9/21/2020 12:00 - Berry B.

Just looked at the winners of chance second,alot of ppl the(the Ville) B cashing in!!

9/20/2020 08:51 - Wesley W.

Congrats! Faith is all about believing. You don’t know how it will happen. But you know it will

9/19/2020 05:04 - Gena B.

It’s all about luck, congrats I know it came it came at the right time.

9/19/2020 11:04 - Shanda S.


9/18/2020 03:59 - ray h n.


9/18/2020 09:17 - DEMARIE T.

Way to go. How exciting. Enjoy

9/17/2020 09:35 - Cassandra W.

Congratulations!!????????That is so cool.

9/17/2020 05:15 - Anita R.


9/17/2020 04:41 - antonette a.

Congratulations,enjoy your new ride.

9/17/2020 04:38 - antonette a.

Congratulations,maybe I will be the next Cumberland County winner

9/17/2020 04:04 - William W.

So cool, congrats. ?

9/17/2020 03:34 - Douglas H.

*. Should read it’s just like people that play lottery tickets that win more than once not the word way Also anything we win on second chances or bigger scratch off wins on lottery tickets we always split it in half and give part of it to a dog rescue or pay someone’s vet bill or groceries always pay it forward

9/17/2020 02:31 - Douglas H.

@John. Don’t give up playing second chances we never thought we would win either and then out of the blue. All it takes is one entry believe me.. Please if you give up you’ll miss your chance at speaking and meeting some of the nicest people ever from the North Carolina Lottery I’ll never forget the lady we spoke to you on the phone she was so excited for us it made it more fun! we won more than once it’s just like people that play lottery tickets that way more than once you just never know when your chance comes or multiple chances just play smart and have fun that’s how we’ve always done it :-) It should not be stressful to play the lottery it should just be a lot of fun. Best Wishes

9/17/2020 11:07 - Gregory F.

Congratulations on your win. These second chance drawings are getting old for me. Been playing about five years never won any thing

9/17/2020 10:49 - Berry B.

WTG young lady,I been playing this from day one,never won nothing!!

9/17/2020 12:56 - MARY M.


9/16/2020 11:35 - John J.

After hundreds of entries in these second chance drawings and hundreds of entries in the lucky rewards, I'm now wondering about the validity of these drawings. Many years and hopes have went by with zero hopes every coming true... NC Lottery
Sorry to hear you aren't having more luck lately, John. We have just more than a million Lucke-Rewards members often making millions of entries into drawings. For example, this Multiply The Cash drawing had over 15 million entries. So while it's true that the more entries you have, the better your odds, sometimes all it takes is having ONE lucky entry. But remember that winning is never a guarantee. Promotional and second-chance drawings are held using a random number generator according to strict security procedures. To ensure fairness to all players, all lottery drawings are done with an auditor present and all the lottery’s security practices are independently reviewed on a regular basis.

9/16/2020 10:46 - Michael J.


9/16/2020 09:44 - Kimberly S.


9/16/2020 08:26 - elizabeth j.

Congratulations. Enjoy.

9/16/2020 07:31 - Douglas H.

LOVE this story/win. Congratulations Tamara!! Enjoy that new Honda :-)

9/16/2020 06:03 - lori j.


9/16/2020 05:03 - Tammie w.

Congratulations God is good!!!

9/16/2020 03:48 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you. Your winning came tight on time . I wish you many more happy wins.

Buy & Scan with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App – Now with Ticket Checker!