Two Charlotte Women Score Big In North Carolina Lottery

By Sarah Tate

January 12, 2022

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Two women in Charlotte are celebrating their recent wins in the state lottery, joining several other lucky winners across the state who have scored big prizes.

Tikita Craig also scored a big prize in the state lottery, hitting a nearly $150,000 jackpot in a Fast Play game. On Saturday (January 8), she stopped by the Callabridge Court Walmart to buy a $5 Fast Play Blackjack ticket. According to a release from the NC Education Lottery, she ended up beating the 1 in 240,000 odds and won the $149,136 jackpot.

Craig claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday (January 10), taking home $105,903 after state and federal tax withholdings.

Cynthia Hernandez Lemus also tried her luck at the lottery when she purchased a $25 Spectacular Riches scratch-off ticket from the Emerywood Citgo on South Boulevard, according to lottery officials. Her trip to the store turned out to be a lucky one when she found she was the winner of a $100,000 prize.

Hernandez Lemus claimed her prize at lottery headquarters on Monday, collecting a total of $71,017 after state and federal taxes. Of the prizes left in play for the Spectacular Riches game, which launched in October, 15 prizes of $100,000 and six $1 million prizes have yet to be claimed.

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