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REGIONAL: Gaston County woman ‘matches’ to win $250,000 prize

RALEIGH – Shana Martens of Stanley saw her $5 ticket win her a $250,000 top prize.

She purchased her winning $250,000 Money Match ticket from the 7-Eleven on Mount Holly Huntersville Road in Charlotte.

Martens claimed her prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $176,876.

The $250,000 Money Match game launched in November with four top prizes of $250,000. One top prize remains to be won.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.