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$200,000 win puts Charlotte woman “in complete shock”

March 30, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:15 AM

A $5 dollar scratch-off ticket, purchased on a whim, shocked Melissa Corano-Juarez of Charlotte with a $200,000 prize.

“I was thinking maybe I was going to win 50 bucks, 100 bucks max,” she said.

When she got home and checked the ticket, she found a much bigger prize.

“I just scratched it off and it said $200,000, so I was just in complete shock,” she said, “I just started shaking and I was really happy.”

Corano-Juarez, 21, bought her Ice scratch-off at the Raceway Amoco on Lyles Lane in Concord. She said the big win also shocked her family.

“I told them and they thought I was playing around until I showed them the actual ticket,” she said.

Corano-Juarez visited lottery headquarters in Raleigh Wednesday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,501. She plans to put the money in savings.

The Ice game debuted in December with six top prizes of $200,000. After Corano-Juarez’s win, four top prizes remain.

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4/02/2023 06:51 - Tommy S.

Let’s PLAY with content & control!!

4/02/2023 08:51 - Patrick D.

Good for you girl :)

4/01/2023 09:16 - Billy S.

The best way to win, is be like me!! It took me a long time to figure out how to win after blowing too much money hoping I would win. And BAM it happened, I stopped buying the North Carolina lottery!!! The second chance is bull crap, just the same as the bull crap they say about the numbers of people. Challenge yourself not to buy any for a month, and see how much you saved and it's like winning, except you only payed taxes once, and the kids still get educated!!

4/01/2023 09:56 - Shena R.


4/01/2023 09:55 - Jacmelly B.

Hey Donald. This win was in Concord that's like Holly Springs to Raleigh. Same for Cash 5 win last night won in Matthews but that's like Apex to Raleigh. Not technically Charlotte but keep in mind Charlotte has same land mass as Atlanta. Lots more people out this way playing versus smaller towns and cities!

3/31/2023 06:00 - Bobby D.

Everyone in there 99 counties move to Charlotte please if you want to win big money that is the only wayNC Lottery
Hi there, anywhere there are more chances being taken to win—for example Raleigh or Charlotte—the odds will play out more often there over time. You'll have a larger volume of both winning and non-winning tickets in proportion with the odds. That has no effect on the likelihood of a particular ticket winning or not winning a prize, whether it be in a big city or a small town. It has to be that way in order for the lottery to be fair to everyone.

3/31/2023 02:31 - William D.


3/31/2023 08:42 - Paula F.

Congratulations ????

3/31/2023 08:38 - Tarence H.

I will have to agree with Donald. A huge percentage of winners come from east of I-77. True everyone has the same chance, but it seems that all the winning tickets are sent east.NC Lottery
Hey there, Tarence! The majority of North Carolinians live east of the mountains. It's not easier to win depending on where you live, there are just more folks taking a chance to win there. If you read our blog or check out our Twitter winner posts from week to week you'll see we have winners in the west, too.

3/31/2023 02:50 - Angelique W.

What a wonderful win! Congratulations!

3/31/2023 01:31 - Joe S.

Congrats from Todd Park, NW Charlotte!

3/30/2023 10:43 - Sabrina D S.


3/30/2023 10:05 - MICHAEL B.


3/30/2023 04:38 - linda p.

Donald s. Stop finding fault because your time hasn't come yet. It's simple and plain when your time come you will get your Blessings. It's a chance we take every time we buy scratch offs remember it's called a gamble you can travel from town to town in NC and still don't win because it's just not your time to win. Congratulations Corano-Juarez Congratulations to all winners and God Bless us all.

3/30/2023 04:07 - roberta n.

Congratulations, So happy for you

3/30/2023 03:12 - DONALD S.

Second person in two days from Charlotte. I’m telling you if you live in Waynesville Asheville hendersonville Mountainhome, Silva, Clyde, Dillsboro, Cherokee, Bryson city you have to keep buying scratch offs and losing for the people in Charlotte and Raleigh to win.NC Lottery
Hi Donald. Thank you for your comment, however, every lottery ticket has an equal chance at winning, regardless of where it was purchased. If you were to move to Raleigh, you'd have more neighbors; if you moved to a tiny town, you'd have less. But what everyone would have in common in all those places is that each individual would have the exact same chance of winning a lottery prize!

3/30/2023 02:02 - Irwin F.

Let's get some Bingo scratchoffs going! I've been asking for over a year now and even several years.

3/30/2023 10:30 - William G.

Hi, your IT person needs to look at the headed before posting. It says 2000,000

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