STATE: Catawba County woman wins $1 million instantly

RALEIGH – Gloria Adams of Conover tried her luck on a $10 scratch-off and took home a $1 million prize.

Adams bought her lucky 50X The Cash ticket at the Food Lion on Springs Road in Hickory.

When she claimed her prize Friday, she had a choice of getting annuity payments of $50,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $424,503.

The new 50X The Cash game started in February with six top prizes of $1 million. Four remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education. For details on how $9.2 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Catawba County last year, visit and click on the “Impact” section.