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Harnett County cook wants to bless others with $107,297 Fast Play jackpot

November 10, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:30 PM

Gladys Avery of Dunn said winning a $107,297 Fast Play jackpot was a blessing to her so she plans to use her prize money to bless others.

“My life is good right now,” Avery said. “I love to bless other people. I’m just happy when other people are happy.”

Avery, who works two jobs as a cook and housekeeper, said she stopped at Liberty Food Mart on North Ellis Avenue in Dunn after work on Tuesday. One of the tickets she purchased, a $5 Jackpot 7’s ticket, won the jackpot.

“I really didn’t know what to do,” said Avery. “I felt so good.”

That same day Avery drove to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her prize. After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $75,914.

Fast Play’s rolling, progressive jackpot increases with every ticket sold until it is won. A $5 ticket, like the Jackpot 7’s that Avery bought, receives 50 percent of the jackpot amount. The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 240,000.

Players can see if they have won and how much instantly. Printed on each Fast Play ticket is the amount of the jackpot when the ticket is sold and how much of that jackpot the ticket could win. Players can also win instant cash prizes on their Fast Play tickets.

Ticket sales from draw games such as Fast Play make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million a year for education. A $10 million grant, using money raised by the lottery, is helping Harnett County build the new Northwest Harnett Elementary School.


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12/29/2021 03:03 - Debora R.

Congratulations! What a blessing.

11/13/2021 09:29 - Anna B.


11/13/2021 07:34 - Kimberly F.

God is good and giving back is what he love to see us do maybe im next so I can give back congrads

11/12/2021 05:04 - Barbara L.

Bless you!

11/12/2021 10:43 - gladys A.

My first name is Gladys and I am a retired cook; you just inspired me. Thankd

11/12/2021 09:47 - Teretha P.

Congratulations on your winning !

11/12/2021 09:33 - Arnetta W.

Congratulations to you! You truly deserve it.

11/12/2021 08:38 - Berry B.


11/12/2021 05:12 - Mark Z.


11/12/2021 01:14 - Priscilla H.

Congratulations Ms. Avery. It's good that you're going to help some others.

11/11/2021 11:50 - linda p.

God Bless you Mrs. Gladys Avery. May you always be safe and Bless.

11/11/2021 09:16 - Tanya f.

Congratulations and many more blessings and Happy Holidays Ms Gladys??

11/11/2021 09:04 - Gloria D.

Congratulations and continued blessings.

11/11/2021 07:48 - Craig R.

Congratulations on your winning it blessing and you deserve it

11/11/2021 05:38 - Jonathan P.

As a disabled veteran this is amazing. Love to see kindness thats something that unfortunately has been lost within the new generations.

11/11/2021 02:49 - PRESTON E.


11/11/2021 02:24 - Lisa S.

Congratulation You deserve to win working so hard during covid pandemic times. God bless you always and you family!!

11/11/2021 02:17 - arvera r.

I am truly happy for you, I know in my heart my turns coming. Cheers to hoping you spend it wisely just spend some on yourself

11/11/2021 02:07 - mittie b.

Congratulation, Good things happen to good hearted people continue to be a blessing to other. God Bless

11/11/2021 01:44 - Amy D.

We need more people like you in this world! God bless you for helping others in need!

11/11/2021 12:22 - Jamie E.


11/11/2021 11:39 - DL H.

We love her smile! You SOOOOO deserve this! Congratulations Ms Gladys. May you be blessed over and over for your kind heart :-)

11/11/2021 07:11 - Sonya V.


11/11/2021 12:24 - Alisha W.

Congratulations Ms. Avery so very thankful you would think of others. If ever God bless me with a win that would be my goal as well. Patiently waiting on my blessings.

11/11/2021 12:14 - Gloria C.

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

11/10/2021 10:53 - Anita A.

CONGRATS-I am so happy for you, Ms. Avery! It's well deserved:)

11/10/2021 09:35 - Janice F.


11/10/2021 09:01 - Jennifer F.

Congratulations. I hope you get to have some fun with your windfall. :)

11/10/2021 08:46 - Michael B.

Ms.Gladys ??

11/10/2021 08:40 - MICHAEL B.


11/10/2021 07:28 - Amy G.


11/10/2021 05:23 - Ethel M.

God bless you, I know it must be a good feeling, enjoy yourself and happy thanksgiving in advance.

11/10/2021 04:43 - roberta n.

You work hard and this was a very deserved win for you. GOD bless you.

11/10/2021 03:51 - roberta n.

Congratulations Mrs. Gladys. I am so happy for you, and it is a blessing in blessings others that's in need. God continued blessing to you.

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