North Carolina woman spins her way to $500,000 lottery prize

Published 1:59 pm Friday, January 21, 2022

LaKisa McKethan, a mother and factory worker from Cumberland County, watched in amazement Wednesday after she spun a giant prize wheel at the Bigger $pin Live Event and landed on a $500,000 prize, stated a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I was nervous but I’m happy,” McKethan said afterward. “It was fun.”

McKethan, a third-shift leader at a filter manufacturing plant, arrived at the Bigger $pin Live set guaranteed to take home at least $400,000. The top prize, $2 million, is four times bigger than the prize offered in the Big $pin game two years ago.

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Asked what it was like to win the $500,000 prize, McKethan said, “I don’t know. I never had it happen before. I’m grateful.”

The Fayetteville native’s good luck began when she stopped at the VA VA Food Mart on Cumberland Road in Fayetteville to buy a $10 Bigger $pin scratch-off on her way home from work.

“When the Bigger $pin ticket came out, me and my sister used to try to compete with each other to see who could get the wheel,” laughed McKethan. “So, when I got the wheel I took a picture of it and I showed it to her.”

After required state and federal tax withholdings, McKethan took home $354,994. She said she plans to buy a house and give back anonymously to someone in need of medical treatment.

McKethan is the third person to get a chance to win one of the $2 million prizes. At the first event in November, a retired Greensboro postal worker won $900,000 and a Durham cook won $400,000. Three more chances to win $2 million are up for grabs. Two more people can win a turn at the prize wheel on the scratch-off and a third person can win a turn in a second-chance drawing. All Bigger $pin tickets can be entered into the drawing.

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