North Carolina Woman Scores First Jackpot In New Lottery Game

By Sarah Tate

May 5, 2022

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A lucky winner in North Carolina is the first person to score the jackpot in one of the state's newest lottery games.

Keshia Borland, of Greensboro, recently purchased a $5 Fast Play ticket in the new DOUBLE W!N game, becoming the lucky first winner just a few days after the game first debuted on Sunday (May 1), according to a release from the NC Education Lottery. The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are around 1 in 320,000.

Borland purchased the winning ticket on Wednesday (May 4) from the Food Lion on Lawndale Drive, scoring a $131,379 jackpot. She claimed her prize at lottery headquarters later that day where she brought home an incredible $91,614 after required state and federal tax withholdings.

According to lottery officials, the Fast Play's jackpot is a rolling, progressive prize that increases with each ticket that is purchased until finally a winning ticket is sold. Winning $5 tickets, such as in the new DOUBLE W!N game, received 50% of the jackpot. As of Thursday (May 5) morning, the jackpot was around $144,000.

Borland isn't the only lucky winner in North Carolina to score a big prize in a new game. One woman in Mount Holly thought her ticket was fake when she learned of her six-figure win, while a man in Winterville scored a massive $5 million in a recently-launched game.

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