BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A community college student from Oak Island says she plans to buy a home using the $1 million prize she won on a 20X The Money ticket.
According to the NC Education Lottery, Mikala Fields is the first player to win the top prize since the $10 game launched May 16.
Fields, a student at Brunswick Community College who plans to study nursing, was home Friday evening when she learned she had won.
“I scratched it off a little and thought I had only won a dollar,” Fields said. “But then I went back and saw there was more to it. It was awesome. I didn’t think it was real. It still doesn’t feel real now.”
Winners have the option of claiming their prize as a 20-year annuity or as a lump sum. Fields went for a lump sum which had an after-tax value of $408,003. She plans to buy a home, a new car and invest for the future.