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Raleigh grandmother kept pinching herself after $728,048 jackpot win

June 7, 2024 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:21 PM

Vickie Koch of Raleigh assumed she had to be dreaming after she won a $728,048 jackpot early Wednesday morning playing a digital instant game.

“I kept pinching myself thinking I would wake up,” she laughed. “I thought I was asleep, I really did.”

Koch said she enjoys playing digital instant games late at night before going to sleep as it relaxes her. As she sat in her living room playing Bison Bonanza, a digital instant game featuring a progressive jackpot that can be won at any time, she suddenly realized she hit the jackpot.

“I was just sitting there, like I was numb,” she recalled. “This is just such a huge blessing.”

The $728,048 jackpot represents the second biggest digital instant win since the lottery began offering digital instant games in November. Koch played a $2 ticket and won the top level ‘Epic jackpot.’ The odds of that win are 1 in 15.5 million.

“The first thing I was thinking was, ‘What can I do to help my family,’” Koch said. “I want to use this to set up an education trust for my grandchildren’s college.”

Koch claimed her prize at lottery headquarters and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $520,555.

In addition to helping her family, Koch said she wants to take a girl’s trip to “somewhere tropical.”

In the Bison Bonanza digital instant game, a player can play from 50 cents to $30. After Koch won the jackpot, it restarted at $50,000 and is now over $112,000 as of Friday morning.

Digital instant games are played exclusively online on the lottery’s website or on the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Twenty-two different games are available to play online now.

Check out the video of Koch talking about her big win.


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6/10/2024 02:56 - Virginia H.

Not surprised it’s Raleigh AGAIN! Y’all can do better NCEL..They must be depositing thousands & those free games with a deposit is a waste of time to only win $.50 on 10 free games. Even the scratch offs in my area give you nothing on $20 tickets

6/10/2024 10:04 - LaCora A.

Congratulations ??????!!!!!

6/10/2024 09:18 - shirley b.


6/10/2024 09:17 - shirley b.

Is there any more trips in that machine. One trip in 6 months is ridiculous. Do better NCEL. NC Lottery
Hi Shirley, at this time, we don't have anything listed coming up for trips, but that could change at any time.

6/10/2024 02:29 - SHANESSA M.

Congratulations ??

6/09/2024 06:02 - Debra C.

I'm curious for anyone who's winning the digital games how much money they're spending before they win

6/08/2024 06:10 - Lachanda F.

Congratulations ??

6/08/2024 03:14 - Chivon M.

Congratulations ??

6/08/2024 09:07 - Ed C.


6/08/2024 08:54 - APril d.

Congratulations ?? I been playing digital and I have been very lucky. Just not that lucky enjoy your winnings and have a phenomenal vacation. You will see me on here soon smiling like you ??Big Congratulations

6/07/2024 11:19 - MICHAEL B.

Congratulations on your win

6/07/2024 10:28 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Vicki on your Winnings and Blessing your Family. Enjoy your Tropical trip.

6/07/2024 09:42 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte!!! :)

6/07/2024 06:51 - Catherine M R.


6/07/2024 05:57 - Jamie W.

YOu go, Vickie!

6/07/2024 01:43 - Angela A.

LOL Cary and Raleigh both Epic large jackpots around the same amount. I just deposit $50 and got $50 match and in minutes it was all gone, so I want to know how much these people are depositing... I can't even get the bonus to try and get a Large WIN! I reached the daily deposit limit the day before not a WIN worth commenting on, so place check these Digital Instants out @NCEL.

6/07/2024 10:58 - Floyd P.

Congrats, Vickie. Good for you. Haven't played any of the digitals. Then again, I've only checked out a couple of the demos. Didn't make sense to me, so I stopped.

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