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Former teacher wins $162,826 jackpot a day before her birthday

September 29, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:46 AM

A lifelong joy of playing bingo led Katherine Robinson of Apex to buy a Big Bucks Bingo ticket Tuesday, resulting in a $162,826 Fast Play jackpot win.

She won the prize a day before her 68th birthday.

“What a great birthday present,” Robinson said.

Robinson, a retired middle school teacher, bought her lucky $10 ticket at the Publix on Kelly Road in Apex.

“I got so excited I couldn’t even believe it,” she said.

Robinson said her love of bingo goes all the way back to her childhood.

“When I was a teenager I used to go to bingo games with my mother,” she said. “I’ve always liked to play bingo, it’s so much fun.”

The Fast Play rolling jackpot grows with every ticket purchased. When Robinson bought her Big Bucks Bingo, it had just reached $162,826. Because she bought a $10 ticket, she won 100 percent of the jackpot.

Robinson arrived at lottery headquarters Wednesday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $115,626. She said she planned to use some of the money to replace windows in her house.

On Thursday morning, the Fast Play jackpot was $42,000 and growing. The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 320,000.


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10/03/2022 09:55 - Helen P.


10/02/2022 03:37 - Lenice T.


10/02/2022 08:47 - shirley b.


10/02/2022 02:04 - Gloria C.

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

9/30/2022 02:17 - Katherine P.

Congratulations! I am happy for you.

9/30/2022 08:57 - Natalie R.

WOW!! Congratulations!

9/30/2022 06:15 - Mark D.

I’m happy for Robinson but I agree with previous comments on the rigging. Major wins in the NC Lottery usually occur in Deep Blue counties or cities…almost never in Red. Also, no one wins the Powerball or MegaMillions jackpots in NC. Oh well, I guess we should expect as much. Anyhow, happy for you Katherine!NC Lottery
Hey there, Mark! We wanted to let you know we don’t know where the winning tickets will be and it is no easier to win the lottery in once place over another. Areas with larger populations tend to see more frequent winners simply because there are more folks taking a chance to win there. However, if you live in these areas it is not easier to win. No matter where you live you have the same chance to beat the odds as anyone else - it just takes a whole lot of luck!

9/29/2022 09:33 - Phyllis N.

That is awesome, Congrats Ms. Robinson; when I win, I'm going to do the same thing and head on down to the lottery headquarters ASAP. Happy belated birthday ;)

9/29/2022 06:11 - Jeremy H.

Whole game is rigged, but congratulations, remember the guy that said he went to every store and bought the same ticket looking for the million dollar an he found it . I’m yeah I bet lol.

9/29/2022 01:48 - Brenda H.

Ms.Robinson, congratulations on your win. Some have said it's rigged but however, you didn't rig it so, congratulations if they did. It was in your favor.

9/29/2022 01:41 - Evelyn M.

Congrats & Happy Birthday!

9/29/2022 12:18 - Sabrina D S.


9/29/2022 10:10 - Tonia B.

I highly doubt that it's a winning combination, but the win being in Wake county isn't a surprise. I do feel like it's rigged though. Look at where the jackpots for the Power Ball and Mega Millions are won. Never in NC.

9/29/2022 08:54 - Charles H.

Retired teacher and Wake county. If that isn't a rigged winning combination I don't know what is.

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