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Rowan County woman cried after ‘life changing’ $723,755 jackpot win

July 24, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:51 AM

Cynthia Neely of Gold Hill became emotional when her $10 Fast Play purchase turned into a $723,755 jackpot.

“I think I cried all the way home,” she said.

Neely bought her lucky Jackpot 7’s ticket July 11 from the Kangaroo Express on East Main Street in Rockwell. When she checked her tickets, she initially thought someone else won the jackpot instead of her.

“When I got in the truck and saw my first ticket said the jackpot was back to $20,000, I thought, ‘Oh darn, somebody already won the jackpot,’” Neely recalled.

When Neely took a closer look at her tickets, she realized she won the $723,755 jackpot.

“I had to convince myself that I had the winning ticket,” she laughed. “It is a life-changing amount of money.”

At the time of her purchase, the jackpot stood at $723,755. Since she bought a $10 ticket, Neely received 100% of the progressive jackpot. She arrived Friday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $515,678.

“I’m going to try to talk my husband into retiring soon,” she said.

Neely said she plans to give some money to her church, invest, and possibly take a trip with her husband.

Fast Play features an instantly growing jackpot that increases with every ticket sold until it is won. As of Monday morning, the Fast Play jackpot stands at $154,000 and counting.

Check out the video below of Neely receiving her big check and recalling her winning moment.


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7/25/2023 06:48 - Lisa C.

Congratulations!! So happy for you both! What an awesome way to start a retirement!!

7/24/2023 10:50 - Vivian p.

Im happy for you cynthia.Enjoy your winnings,have fun.!!!. Vivian

7/24/2023 06:49 - Wanda H.

Congrats on win!!! Now I'm wondering why an employee at A retailer has to wait 4 to 6 weeks For their winnings. Are we not allowed To play the lottery or something. I really feel some type of way watching Everyone else walk out with check but I don't get any explanation

7/24/2023 05:56 - Corey P.

I’m going to happy cry if y’all ever fix the ticket scanner on the app. It quit 3 months ago.

7/24/2023 01:31 - MICHAEL B.


7/24/2023 12:56 - Douglas H.

Congratulations to the Neely Family. Enjoy your amazing retirement and everything. Great that goes with it. :-)

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