Avon woman ‘shocked’ by $150,000 win on stocking stuffer scratch-off ticket

Published 9:00 am Friday, January 27, 2023

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The North Carolina Education Lottery has reported a six-figure win by a Dare County woman on a scratch-off ticket she was gifted.

For Laura Miller of Avon, a scratch-off stocking stuffer sparked a joyous celebration after it became a $150,000 Christmas present.

“It was given to me in my Christmas stocking by my boyfriend,” Miller said. “We had to do it late since I was out of town.”

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Miller, 35, said she celebrated her win with a drink.

“First thing I did was take a shot of tequila,” she laughed.

Miller’s $5 Cashword Multiplier ticket came from Askins Creek Store on N.C. 12 in Avon. “When I was scratching I was like, ‘I’m pretty sure I did this wrong,’” she said. “I guess I was just shocked.”

Miller collected her prize at lottery headquarters Thursday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $106,876.

She said she would use her winnings to pay off her truck.

Cashword Multiplier debuted in August with six $150,000 prizes. Two $150,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

For details on how money raised by the lottery made an impact last year, visit nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.