DUNN – Gladys Avery of Dunn said winning a $107,297 Fast Play jackpot was a blessing to her so she plans to use her prize money to bless others.
“My life is good right now,” Avery said. “I love to bless other people. I’m just happy when other people are happy.”
Avery, who works two jobs as a cook and housekeeper, said she stopped at Liberty Food Mart on North Ellis Avenue in Dunn after work on Tuesday. One of the tickets she purchased, a $5 Jackpot 7’s ticket, won the jackpot.
“I really didn’t know what to do,” said Avery. “I felt so good.”
That same day Avery drove to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her prize. After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $75,914.
Fast Play’s rolling, progressive jackpot increases with every ticket sold until it is won. A $5 ticket, like the Jackpot 7’s that Avery bought, receives 50 percent of the jackpot amount. The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 240,000.
Players can see if they have won and how much instantly. Printed on each Fast Play ticket is the amount of the jackpot when the ticket is sold and how much of that jackpot the ticket could win. Players can also win instant cash prizes on their Fast Play tickets.
Ticket sales from draw games such as Fast Play make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million a year for education.
A $10 million grant, using money raised by the lottery, is helping Harnett County build the new Northwest Harnett Elementary School.