$1 million prize lets Burke County woman, Lisa Long buy a home

Raleigh,  NC (STL.News) Lisa Long of Morganton said her good luck of winning $1 million means one of her dreams can now come true.

“We’re in a house right now that’s got a high rent,” Long said. “So, I’m going to get a house that’s paid for.”

She says she treats herself to $20-$30 worth of scratch off tickets once a month.  Last week, she took $20, bought three tickets, and walked away with her big win.  The $1 million winner came from a $10 Red Hot Riches ticket.

“I’ve been playing this ticket since it came out,” said Long.  “I’ve hit like $100 on it twice.”

She always stops at the Royal Mart located on Lenoir Road in Morganton to buy her tickets.

“This is my pastime,” she said. “Winning it was a blessing!”

Long had the choice of taking her $1 million prize as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000.  She chose the lump sum and took home $424,503 after federal and state tax withholdings.

Red Hot Riches started in May with four top prizes of $1 million.  Two of those $1 million prizes remain to be won.