For Laura Miller of Avon, a scratch-off stocking stuffer sparked a joyous celebration after it became a $150,000 Christmas present.
“It was given to me in my Christmas stocking by my boyfriend,” Miller said. “We had to do it late since I was out of town.”
Miller, 35, said she celebrated her win with a drink.
“First thing I did was take a shot of tequila,” she laughed.
Miller’s $5 Cashword Multiplier ticket came from Askins Creek Store on N.C. Highway 12 in Avon.
“When I was scratching I was like, ‘I’m pretty sure I did this wrong,’” she said. “I guess I was just shocked.”
Miller collected her prize at lottery headquarters Thursday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $106,876.
She said she would use her winnings to pay off her truck.
Cashword Multiplier debuted in August with six $150,000 prizes. Two $150,000 prizes remain to be claimed.
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how $2.5 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Dare County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.