FAIRMONT — Fairmont resident Wanda Evans has hit the jackpot, pocketing more than $400,000 for a winning scratch-off ticket in the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Evans, who could not be reached for this story, actually was eligible to claim $1 million, but instead of taking that money in a 20-year annuity, elected to take a $600,000 lump sum, according to a statement from Chris Bushnell, a spokesman for the lottery. After taxes are withheld, her check will be for $408,006.
The Cash Blowout tickets went on sale on Jan. 10, with jackpots that included three $4 million prizes and seven $1 million prizes. Evans, who purchased her winning $25 ticket at Mr. G’s convenience store in Fairmont, was the last winner of a $1 million prize. One of the $4 million prizes remains unclaimed.
The manager and co-owner of the store, Fady Aziz, told the Fayetteville Observer that his store sold the ticket that won another Fairmont woman $500,000 last year.
“For a small business, we’re had a lot of winners,” Aziz told the newspaper. “You’ve got to be in it to win it.”
The lottery has raised more than $2.58 billion, with $46.9 million of that money coming to Robeson County for a variety of education needs.