REGIONAL: Iredell County woman celebrates $1 million win

Lynne Lepley of Statesville wanted a piece of the Mega Millions jackpot as it climbed higher and higher last week, and ended up landing on a $1 million prize.

“It’s a thrill!” she exclaimed as she claimed her prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Lepley bought her $2 Mega Millions ticket through Online Play for the July 21 drawing. Her Quick Pick ticket matched all five white balls to win the $1 million prize.

After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $712,501.

The jackpot for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing has climbed to $910 million, or $464.2 million in cash. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.

Mega Millions is one of six lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying tickets at a retail location or with Online Play through the lottery’s website or the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.

Ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise an average of $2.5 million a day for education. For details on how $11.3 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Iredell County in 2022, visit and click on the “Impact” section.