Joshua Roten of Statesville said his girlfriend could see the shock on his face after a Fast Play ticket revealed a $214,420 jackpot.
“She said I looked like I saw a ghost,” Roten laughed. “I told her, ‘I just hit the jackpot.’”
Roten, a 31-year-old maintenance worker, bought his lucky $10 50X The Cash ticket Monday afternoon from Home Run Market on Old Mountain Road in Statesville.
“When I first saw it, I was in disbelief,” he said. “When it finally sunk in, I was ecstatic.”
At the time of his purchase, the jackpot stood at $214,420. Since he bought a $10 ticket, Roten received 100% of the progressive jackpot. The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 320,000.
“The first thing she said to me was, ‘Let’s go on vacation,’” Roten said. “Then we went out to celebrate at an Italian restaurant.
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Roten arrived at lottery headquarters Tuesday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $152,777.
Fast Play features an instantly growing jackpot that increases with every ticket sold until it is won. As of Wednesday morning, the Fast Play jackpot stands at $38,000 and counting.