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RALEIGH — Lorie Sykes of Goldsboro said she plans to build her dream house after she won a $250,000 lottery prize.
“This is life-changing,” said Sykes, a special needs care worker. “I want to build a four-bedroom house with room for my family to come visit.”
Her good fortune happened Saturday when she stopped by the Speedway on U.S. 70 in Goldsboro and bought a 20X The Cash scratch-off ticket.
“I was on my way to Virginia,” Sykes explained. “I actually just stopped to get a Coke-flavored slushy, but decided to get some lottery tickets as well.”
Sykes waited until she returned home before she played the $5 ticket.
“After I pulled into the driveway, I popped on the light in my car and started scratching,” Sykes said. “I looked at the ticket and thought, ‘That can’t be right.’ It’s so surprising! I just can’t believe it.”
Sykes claimed her prize Tuesday at North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $176,254.
20X The Cash launched in February with eight top prizes of $250,000. Four top prizes remain.