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$20 scratch-off turns into $2 million gift for Charlotte woman

July 19, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:37 AM

Karen Urtecho Sandrez of Charlotte was gifted a present she won’t soon forget — a scratch-off ticket with a $2 million prize.

“It’s kind of surreal,” she said Thursday as she claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Urtecho Sandrez received her 100X The Cash scratch-off as a gift from a family friend. The friend purchased the $20 ticket from Lucia Food Mart on Killian Road in Stanley.

“I could not believe it, honestly,” she recalled of scratching her ticket and seeing her $2 million prize. “You read it and you don’t believe it.”

Urtecho Sandrez had the choice of taking an annuity of $100,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. She chose the $1.2 million lump sum and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $849,006.


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7/21/2021 08:23 - Richard J.

Why are online users not able to use Apple FaceID as a login method. It’s extremely secure and would not require continued use of username/password which is so old school.

7/20/2021 01:57 - Denver G.

Hey MB Maybe your wife will get a promotion now. My plan is to buy a 1 ticket 7 day draw every day 19th-31st picking all my #s or maybe just partial QP , picking a different lucky ball each day. Glad you can shrug it off instead dwelling on it like some players do. Right place, right time , it's just a game.

7/20/2021 12:37 - Michael B.

Denver- want to know icing on the cake ? The person who is my wife’s coworker! I see you took advantage of the lucky of life deal are you going to be playing daily ?

7/20/2021 09:40 - Jeffrey W.

If you win the flash drawing on August 4th for the $10,000 how much do you receive after taxes?NC Lottery
Hi Jeffrey, great question. After state and federal tax the winner would receive approximately $7,000.

7/20/2021 09:21 - Leslie R.


7/20/2021 09:02 - William A.

Should have been four million. Every time someone wins one of these two million dollar prizes the lottery needs to know NOT TO DECREASE MAJOR prizes on tickets.Thanks

7/20/2021 03:39 - Billy B.


7/19/2021 09:56 - Nehemiah W.

I will be the next one to win Big this year it's my time!

7/19/2021 07:56 - elizabeth j.

Congratulations to u and your family.

7/19/2021 07:09 - Anita A.


7/19/2021 06:51 - Tonia B.

Why can't you purchase the cash 5 double play in online play?NC Lottery
Hi Tonia, at this time Double Play is only available at lottery retail locations. The game developers determined that this was the most fun and effective way to play Double Play for the time being. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

7/19/2021 05:47 - Denver G.

Dang MB. I was just gonna shout out 2u cause I know that's your area. I drove by that place hundreds of times but never got a ticket from there. My luckiest place ever when I lived out that way was Jays Corner Store.

7/19/2021 05:06 - Ryan D J.

What a feeling!! :-)

7/19/2021 04:43 - Michael B.

Denver- can you believe this was my favorite store I use to spent thousands and only maybe win like $20 here and then last month I stopped after no getting results then they get $2 million win. Over 4 years wasted at this location

7/19/2021 04:16 - Natalie R.

Congratulations !??

7/19/2021 04:02 - CHRISTINA T.

Congrats and I will win as well.

7/19/2021 03:38 - Janette B.

Congrats!!! I am sooooooo happy for you.

7/19/2021 02:56 - Gloria C.

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

7/19/2021 02:44 - Mike O.

Hope she takes care of her friend who bought the lucky ticket!

7/19/2021 12:41 - joann f.

Congratulations ??

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