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Wake County healthcare worker stops for gas, picks up $200,000 lottery prize

November 4, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:53 AM

Veronica Burt of Raleigh said a quick stop for gas on her way home from work turned into a nice pick-me-up in the form of a $200,000 lottery prize. 

On Saturday, Burt stopped at the Murphy USA on Apex Peakway in Apex after work and picked up the lucky $5 Ruby Mine 9X scratch-off. The winning ticket, serendipitously, was not her first choice.

“I was looking for another ticket,” said Burt, who works at an assisted living facility. “They didn’t have it, so I asked the clerk for another ticket. They didn’t have that one either, so I asked her, ‘What do you have?' I ended up getting one Spectacular Riches ticket and two Ruby Mine tickets.”

When she got home, she continued her tradition of playing the lottery with her father, handing him the two Ruby Mine 9X tickets to scratch.

“The next thing I knew I heard my name being called,” said Burt recalling the moment. “He screamed my name twice — real loud! He handed the ticket to me. I had to look and then I had to look again.”

Burt said she and her father were thrilled.

“We just started hugging,” said Burt.

Burt claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $141,501. Burt said she is looking forward to paying some bills and saving some for retirement.  


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11/08/2021 06:22 - lori j.


11/08/2021 03:21 - Natalie R.


11/07/2021 07:47 - Lisa R.

Wonderful!! Congratulations ??

11/06/2021 08:10 - shirley b.

Hi NCEL why don't you update your machines so that you can put your tickets in yourself. Also remove the license requirement. A lot of stores just don't have the staff to service lottery customers. NC Lottery
Hi Shirley. The lottery welcomes feedback on its games. If you have a specific concern or question, please email playerinfo@lotterync.net.

11/06/2021 07:06 - Dorothy S.

Congratulations Burt!!!

11/06/2021 12:24 - Teresa D.

What a blessing

11/06/2021 11:38 - Stephanie G.

Congrats to everyone I love playing the lottery. Still waiting on my lucky day It would be nice if you would put more winners in the books that you all sale for 300.00 I purchase 3 books at 900 dollars and only won 375 dollars on the big spin tickets not so good and that new Big Spin ticket its not a good ticket none of my packs didn't have the wheel in it for me to spin it.

11/06/2021 09:06 - Wanda D.

Will NC get the fire ball play for pick 3 and 4 like Virginia lottery? NC Lottery
Hi Wanda. The lottery welcomes feedback and questions about its games. If you have a specific concern or question, please email playerinfo@lotterync.net.

11/05/2021 11:37 - Tommy S.


11/05/2021 05:09 - Charles H.

Another damn Wake county resident, what else is new?

11/05/2021 11:59 - Agnew D.

Congratulations! I love that story!

11/05/2021 05:27 - Amy G.


11/04/2021 10:28 - Geraldine D.

Congratulations ??????

11/04/2021 03:25 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

11/04/2021 03:02 - Gloria C.

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

11/04/2021 01:24 - Casselle W.

Congrats on your awesome blessing, enjoy and pay it forward, stay safe.

11/04/2021 01:03 - Roger K.

Wow! What luck! Congratulations on your win,lucky, lucky, lucky is all I can say!

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