REGIONAL: Gaston County woman can’t stop smiling after $150,000 win

Published 4:09 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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RALEIGH – Marcie Parfitt of Mount Holly said she keeps smiling so much it hurts after a $5 scratch-off ticket won her a $150,000 prize.

“I can’t wipe the smile off my face,” Parfitt laughed. “My cheeks hurt.”

Parfitt, on her daily trip to the store for coffee, bought her lucky Super Loteria ticket from Xpress Market on Tuckaseege Road in Mount Holly.

“I kept looking at it over and over to make sure it was real,” Parfitt said. “I thought it was fake.”

Parfitt, 38, became the first winner in the new Super Loteria game. She said she called her husband right away to tell him the good news.

“He was like, ‘Are you messing with me?’ ” Parfitt said. “It’s definitely a blessing.”

Parfitt arrived at lottery headquarters on Tuesday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $106,516. She said she wants to pay some bills and buy some land with her winnings.

Super Loteria debuted this month with five $150,000 prizes. Four $150,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $14.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Gaston County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.