North Carolina woman wins big with Fast Play lottery ticket

Published 8:13 am Monday, April 10, 2023

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A Halifax County woman has scored a six-figure win on a $10 lottery ticket, according to a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

When Shirley Ross, of Roanoke Rapids, stopped at the Speedway near her home to get her usual morning coffee, she sweetened her purchase with a Fast Play ticket and ended up winning a $137,093 jackpot.

“I was so excited I didn’t know how to act,” she said. “I just couldn’t believe it.”

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Ross, 40, bought her lucky $10 50X The Cash ticket Wednesday morning, April 5, 2023 from the Speedway on West 10th Street in Roanoke Rapids.

“I was just so happy I couldn’t wait to call my husband and tell him I won,” she said.

At the time of the purchase, the jackpot stood at $137,093. Since she bought a $10 ticket, Ross received 100% of the progressive jackpot. Fast Play features an instantly growing jackpot that increases with every ticket sold until it is won. The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 320,000.

When Ross initially scanned her ticket in the store, she saw a notification telling her to come to lottery headquarters.

“I was thinking I won maybe $500,” Ross said. “I had no idea I won the jackpot.”

Ross arrived at lottery headquarters last Wednesday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $97,682. She said she will put her winnings in savings.

For details on impacts made across the state from lottery funds, visit and click on the “Impact” section.