Goldsboro’s Martha Dixon realized her dream of winning a lottery jackpot when her ticket in a Lucky For Life draw won $25,000 a year for life.
“It’s always been my dream,” Dixon said Wednesday as she collected her award, “to be debt-free and able to help others.”
Dixon’s ticket, purchased at Save More on East Ashe Street in Goldsboro, matched the five white balls in the June 29 draw. The odds of winning a prize of $25,000 per year for life are 1 in 1.8 million.
Dixon, 82, could have chosen to take his award as an annuity that would pay him $25,000 a year every year for the rest of his life. She instead elected to take the lump sum of $390,000 and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, won $276,772.
“I’m still nervous,” Dixon said. “I’m still shaking. I have never received a check for such an amount.
Dixon, who works part-time as a school cafeteria worker, said she plans to give to her church, fix her house, pay her bills, invest and help others.
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. Tickets are $2.
Ticket sales from games such as Lucky for Life allow the lottery to raise more than $900 million annually for education.
Wayne County received state grants totaling $24 million from lottery-raised funds to help build a new elementary school. For details on other ways the money raised by the lottery has made a difference in Wayne County in 2021, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.