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Transylvania County woman can “live comfortably” with $2 million prize

February 6, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:31 AM

For Melba Avery of Pisgah Forest, winning a $2 million scratch-off prize means “the car of her dreams” and maybe a new business.

“I’ll be able to live comfortably,” said Avery. “And I can take care of my family.”

Avery, a U.S. Forest Service cafeteria supervisor, bought her $20 Premier Cash ticket from One Stop 3 on Hendersonville Highway in Pisgah Forest.

“When I saw how much I won, I immediately fell to my knees,” said Avery. “The lady at the register told me I had to claim at an office.”

When Avery claimed her prize Friday at lottery headquarters, she had the choice of receiving the prize as an annuity of $100,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. She chose the $1.2 million lump sum, and after required federal and state withholdings, took home $855,006.

“I can get the car of my dreams,” said Avery. “Maybe I’ll get an Infiniti or an Escalade in cream or black.”

Avery plans to seek professional financial advice to help manage her winnings. In addition to trading in her car, she plans to help her church and eventually start a landscaping or courier business.

The Premier Cash game debuted in August 2021 with four top prizes of $2 million and eight $100,000 prizes. Since Avery won the last top prize, the lottery will end the game.


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2/09/2023 07:32 - Keshawn M.


2/07/2023 03:30 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte!

2/07/2023 12:12 - Paula F.

Congratulations Mrs. Melba

2/06/2023 11:27 - Deanna H.

What a blessing!! Congratulations to you!! Enjoy your winnings

2/06/2023 08:15 - Audrey F.

Congratulations!!!! Im so happy for you!

2/06/2023 07:53 - Travis S.


2/06/2023 07:17 - john s.

God bless you MS Avery!Get professional advice as how to set up the money for your retirement so you can supplement your social security and don't have to scrimp and watch every penny you spend no worries is where you want to be By the first thing Buy that car you want first, Good luck!

2/06/2023 05:24 - darrin b.

Sweetie, helping everyone will for certain leave you broke..When you help one family member you have to help them all

2/06/2023 04:20 - john a.

Congratulations Melba !

2/06/2023 10:41 - Deborah D.

Congratulations! Enjoy!

2/06/2023 10:38 - Mary G.

Wow! Congrats! And to everyone who complains that ONLY places like Charlotte and Raleigh have big winners, this is proof that your assumptions are not correct.

2/06/2023 09:58 - mary b.

I'm so happy you can now live comfortably. What a blessing for you.

2/06/2023 09:54 - Linda A.

Congratulations and continued Blessings to you!

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