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Mac and cheese craving leads Greensboro woman to $250,000 prize

August 13, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:54 AM
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Stephanie Couch of Greensboro said she won $250,000 when she stopped to get ingredients to make macaroni and cheese.

The surgical technologist bought the winning 20X The Cash scratch-off ticket Saturday at the Food Lion on Holden Road in Greensboro.

“It was just a normal shopping trip for me,” Couch said. “I needed some groceries and decided to get my favorite game while I was there.”

Couch took the ticket home and didn’t scratch it until Monday morning at breakfast.

“I saw the ‘7’ and the ‘7’ and was like, ‘Oh my God! I just won $250,000,’” Couch said. “I took my glasses off, rubbed my eyes, and looked at the ticket again just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.”

Couch claimed her prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $176,876. She plans to use some of the money to remodel the bathrooms in her home.   

Ticket sales from games like 20X The Cash make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  
 


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8/16/2019 10:12 - carolyn b.

OK TY....I SCANED THE BACK BAR CODE...SAID ERROR THEN I DID THE FRONT SAID SAME THING....BUT I WILL TRY SCRATCH OFFS AGAIN ..NOW I KNOW ITS THE FRONT BAR CODE.....

8/16/2019 09:42 - William D.

Thanks for the update.

8/16/2019 09:40 - carolyn b.

YOU CANT SCAN A SCRATCH OFF ON SMART PHONE 4LUCKY ZONE CAN YOU.....HAVE 2 ENTER THE NUMBERS....IS THAT CORRECT....NC Lottery
You can absolutely scan scratch-off tickets using your mobile phone--just follow the directions to scan the barcode!

8/16/2019 08:22 - carolyn b.

OMG I DIDNT KNOW HOW EASY IT WAS 2 ENTER YOUR TCKETS INTO LUCKY ZONE ON YOUR SMART PHONE.....NO MISTAKES THAT WAY....JUST SCAN!!!!NC Lottery
That's right! Happy scanning, Carolyn!

8/16/2019 12:49 - Luther W.

How do I enter 2nd chance drawing for MGM Resorts 25,000,000 casino cash I have tryed entering thru my Luck Reward I already have sign luck reward page and also tryed to join player club . No luck . Step by step instruction please to put in my non winning ticket for a second chance.Thank you kindlyNC Lottery
Hi Luther, We're happy to help. Once you sign into your account, you'll need to visit the "Collect" page (https://rewards.nclottery.com/pia). There you will be able to scan or manually enter your ticket to collect Lucke-Rewards points. By doing that you are also automatically entered into the second-chance drawing associated with the ticket you scanned. You can view how many entries you currently have over on the "Draws" page. Hope this helps!

8/15/2019 06:20 - TAMEKA h.

How many jackpot winners have bought the winning ticket online?NC Lottery
Hi Tameka, So far we have had eight Cash 5 jackpot winners from Online Play, plus a $25,000 a Year for life Lucky For Life prize, as well as several $100,000+ Powerball wins.

8/15/2019 04:21 - William D.

the reordered, how do one know if you are buying of the new reordered or the old one? do you give the pack a new pack number then the old one? Do you pick up all the old ones. NC Lottery
Great question, William. In this case, the reordered batch of this game will have a new game number (original was 654, new is 682). There is also a slight design change where the little shape at the bottom of the card that says "3 BONUS PLAYS" was originally purple with white text, and now it is white with purple text. Since this is technically a "new game" due to the change in game number, the original game will be on pickup starting next week and retailers will only be shipped the new version. Hope this helps.

8/15/2019 01:49 - Denver G.

Gotcha. Plus the on going 2nd chance contest. No everyone can afford those $20 tics.

8/15/2019 01:30 - Dawn T.

I just realized I'm wasting my time buying scratchers. All of the big wins only come from the big cities.No one in Goldsboro has ever won anything. Rip-off.NC Lottery
Big city, small town, east to west, we get big winners from all over! That said, we've certainly had a fair share of big winners from your neck of the woods, take a look: http://bit.ly/31FEAMU

8/15/2019 01:09 - Denver G.

Hey LZ, no mention of ending this game and pulling the remaining cards since this was the last top prize.????NC Lottery
Not this time, Denver! This game was popular with our players, so we have reordered it and will have the top prizes updated to reflect that soon.

8/15/2019 10:00 - cheryl c.

what a great win.Iwas wondering who won the second chance multiply the cash.NC Lottery
Hey Cheryl, You can see the winners that have claimed their prize so far over on the "Draws" page: https://rewards.nclottery.com/drawings#secondChanceWinners

8/14/2019 12:24 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

8/14/2019 11:23 - Brenda S.

Best of luck. Keep on playing.

8/14/2019 11:01 - William D.

i think it should go back to the way it started. 2nd chance drawing are Second chance for losing tickets only. No points for those that win anything. Just my thoughts. i think it would calm a lot of people down as to who wins repeatedly. it would bring that repeated number down a whole lot.

8/14/2019 09:01 - Denver G.

Everyone knows it gambling, that's no secret. Some people just like to pretend it's not because "good" Christians don't gamble. Whether it be slot machines or poker, bingo, betting on horses or athletic events and yes the lottery, it is ALL gambling.

8/14/2019 01:20 - Alicia N.

Congrats!??????????????May your winnings be a blessing for you!??

8/13/2019 07:20 - JIM B.

To answer my question asked 08-11-19 on the Jones County School blog-after much digging it looks like the State Budget for North Carolina education is 14.2 Billion! That would make the NCEL contribution of 708 million to be 5% of the proposed budget and 95% coming in on the backs of our taxes. Don't get me wrong-as a former winner of 10,000 on the old Powerball payout schedule and a recent winner of 1,000 on a second chance drawing,i appreciate the lottery. However,touting your contribution at the end of most of your answers really is not all that. Let us call it as it is-legalized gambling under the guise of education. Please correct me if i am wrong.Thanks,Jim

8/13/2019 04:40 - Tim M.

Greensboro! AGAIN! Velly intewesting! LOL.

8/13/2019 03:34 - clara a.

i like that the people got it. congrats!!

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