A woman fell out of her bed and onto the floor after scratching off the top prize on a $5 ticket Sunday night, NC lottery officials said Tuesday.
Jacqueline Del Sol of Huntersville was OK after the fall. But then she couldn’t stop crying because she was so overcome by the win, according to a lottery news release. And then her mother cried, too.
“I changed my glasses three times,” she told officials when she claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday. “I ran around the apartment. I cried, I cried with my mom.”
Del Sol became the first person to win the top $200,000 prize in the Wild Cash Multiplier game, officials said. After taxes, she took home $141,501, according to the lottery.
She beat odds of 1 in 4.16 million, according to the game website. which says five top prizes remain. The game started on Oct. 5.
The win topped a great, relaxing day for Del Sol.
She said she woke up early for a walk, got something to eat and watched the Carolina Panthers NFL game.
At night, she snuggled into bed to watch a horror movie and scratch off lottery tickets she bought at the QuikTrip on The Plaza in Charlotte.
Del Sol is a former staffing agency recruiter who said she’s ready for a fresh start. Her winnings will help her do just that, she said.
“It was an experience that I could say is ‘once in a lifetime,’” she said. “I’m very grateful. It just feels like a blessing.”
Lottery officials announced Del Sol’s win the same day they said a Charlotte woman hit a $1 million jackpot in another game.
Mary Szura of Charlotte won the prize on a $10 50X The Cash ticket she bought at the QuikTrip on Monroe Road in Matthews and claimed Friday at lottery headquarters, officials said.
Szura could choose between a $50,000-a-year annuity over 20 years and a $600,000 lump sum. She chose the lump sum, netting $424,503 after taxes, according to the lottery.
Szura didn’t tell officials what she plans to do with the money.