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Robeson County woman can take ‘dream vacation’ with $2 million win

October 10, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:43 AM
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Loretta Jones of Maxton has always dreamed of going to Hawaii and now she can after winning a $2 million scratch-off prize.

“My dream vacation has always been Hawaii,” she said. “I want to take that trip now.”

Jones bought her lucky $20 $100 Million Mega Cash ticket from Short Stop Mart on West Dr. MLK Jr. Drive in Maxton.

“I saw the dollar sign and thought, ‘Oh I won my $20 back,’” she recalled. “Then I looked at it again and I started screaming.”

Jones said she could barely control herself after she saw how much she won.

“I fell to the floor,” she laughed. “I had to ask my daughter if it was real.”

When Jones arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect her prize, she had a decision to make. She could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $100,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. She chose the lump-sum amount of $1.2 million and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $855,006.

“You never think something like this will happen to you,” Jones said. “I’m still in disbelief.”

She said in addition to her trip to Hawaii she will use her winnings to pay some bills.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.8 million a day on average for education. The state provided $50 million in grants, using money raised by the lottery, to help Robeson County build a new career and technology high school. For details on other ways Robeson County benefits from lottery funds, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.


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10/11/2023 03:06 - Ruby D.

Mrs Jones I know there are some negative comments about taxes but still good payout for 20 dollars.Enjoy Congratulations

10/11/2023 01:44 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! :)

10/11/2023 12:43 - Evon C.

Congratulations ??

10/11/2023 02:54 - Angela G.

Blessings...My mom is from Maxton...Her Maiden name name is Jones...I was Praying we were related..lol...Enjoy and live life stress free Bill

10/10/2023 11:25 - MICHAEL B.

Wonderful congratulations!

10/10/2023 10:43 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Loretta,enjoy your Dream Vacation have fun.

10/10/2023 10:01 - Shemece H.

Congratulation to you!!!.... Is there any way the play type could be in the ticket... That would be so much easier to play how you want...

10/10/2023 08:53 - Shirley D.

I know Loretta, Congratulations ?????? Loretta, I'm glad someone I know has really WON. I'm next????

10/10/2023 07:29 - Demetrius D.

200k for an additional 13% how many times are they going to tax the money!? Not even receiving 1 million after all the taxes already and you have to give up even more!? Lol somebody explain this smh

10/10/2023 06:06 - leland s.

WAS LOOKING TO SEE WHO THE 20 5000.00 WINNERS WERE ...NO CALLS SO NOT ME

10/10/2023 05:44 - Michael H.

Congrats on your win

10/10/2023 03:39 - Andrea Q.

Congratulations

10/10/2023 03:29 - Linda D.

Great, I've enjoyed that ticket, won a few hundred dollars off it.

10/10/2023 01:10 - MORRIS B.

Is the NCEL ever gonna add a Double Play option for online Cash 5 tickets??!!NC Lottery
Hi, Morris! While we don't have any concrete plans to add Cash 5 Double Play to Online Play at this time, we definitely hope to be able to offer this for our players one day in the future. We've heard from many of our players that this is something they're interested in seeing, and the folks that make those decisions read comments like these - so thank you for commenting and we hope to have this as an option for our players in the future!

10/10/2023 12:31 - Evelyn O.

Congratulations!

10/10/2023 12:03 - Dion A.

CONGRATULATIONS be sure to put 200k up for that additional 13 percent in taxes..

10/10/2023 11:24 - Douglas H.

Congratulations to the Jones Family. A true blessing :-)

10/10/2023 10:31 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

10/10/2023 10:23 - edna f.

Congratulation

10/10/2023 10:10 - Angela A.

Congrats! I been targeting this ticket for months now every store I stop at I get one and have yet to even WIN $100. I guess I am just clearing the dudes out for someone else as usual.

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