REGIONAL: $200,000 win puts Charlotte woman ‘in complete shock’

Published 2:13 pm Thursday, March 30, 2023

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RALEIGH – A $5 dollar scratch-off ticket, purchased on a whim, shocked Melissa Corano-Juarez of Charlotte with a $200,000 prize.

“I was thinking maybe I was going to win 50 bucks, 100 bucks max,” she said.

When she got home and checked the ticket, she found a much bigger prize.

“I just scratched it off and it said $200,000, so I was just in complete shock,” she said, “I just started shaking and I was really happy.”

Corano-Juarez, 21, bought her Ice scratch-off at the Raceway Amoco on Lyles Lane in Concord.

She said the big win also shocked her family.

“I told them and they thought I was playing around until I showed them the actual ticket,” she said.

Corano-Juarez visited lottery headquarters in Raleigh Wednesday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,501. She plans to put the money in savings.

The Ice game debuted in December with six top prizes of $200,000. After Corano-Juarez’s win, four top prizes remain.

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