MEBANE, NC (WGHP) – A Mebane woman is the lucky winner of a life-changing sum of money.
“It was almost like an out-of-body experience,” Rhonda Villasenor said.
She describes her reaction after discovering her Lucky for Life winning ticket.
“I was screaming so much I was scaring my dogs, they must have thought something was wrong with me,” Villasenor recalled.
The 50-year-old matched all five white balls in Monday’s draw to win her prize, she bought her $2 lucky ticket using the online game.
“When I saw it was $500.00, I was literally stunned,” Villasenor said.
She collected her earnings on Tuesday and had the choice of receiving $25,000 a year for the rest of her life or a lump sum of $390,000. Villasenor elected the lump sum and walked away with $276,943 after taxes.
Villasenor says she wants to use the money to build a swimming pool and go on vacation. She also owns a concrete business and says she has ideas for new ones that the money will help fund.
Lucky for Life is one of four North Carolina lottery games where players have the option of purchasing their tickets at a retail outlet or with online play, either through the lottery’s website or with the official NC Lottery mobile app. Lucky for Life draws are held nightly and offer a top prize of $1,000 per day for life. The odds of winning the second prize, $25,000 per year for life, are 1 in 1.8 million.
Ticket sales from games such as Lucky for Life allow the lottery to raise more than $900 million annually for education. For more details on how $9.6 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Alamance County in 2021, visit https://nclottery.com/impact.