The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


August 22, 2012

Cabarrus County woman to take beach vacation with $100,000 prize

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — RALEIGH –Concord resident Tonjue Burleson, a service manager for a

local car dealership, said that she plans to take a beach vacation

after winning $100,000 playing the lottery.

Burleson stopped for gas on the way home from work at Kangaroo Express

on Copperfield Boulevard in Concord. While there, she bought four

Diamond 7’s tickets for $5 each, but didn’t scratch them until she sat

down at home later that night.

“I bought the tickets because they are new and I felt like I had a

better chance to win,” Burleson said. “I scratched them off at the

table and commenced to doing my happy dance. I have been truly blessed.”

Burleson said she plans to use a portion of her winnings, worth

$68,001 after state and federal taxes were withheld, to pay bills.

“I appreciate that North Carolina has a lottery,” Burleson said as she

held her check for the first time. “It’s great that the state can use

this money for the schools. It’s also great to win. I feel wonderful.”

Since the lottery began through June 30, 2011, Cabarrus County  

education programs received more than $39.6 million in lottery funds.

By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school

construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and

college scholarships and financial aid based on need.

To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.45 billion

for these initiatives statewide.


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