School Custodian Wins $250,000 Lottery Prize

RALEIGH, NC -– A lucky 20X The Cash scratch-off ticket cost Ana Melara Flores of Charlotte a night’s sleep, but paid off Tuesday with a $250,000 prize.

“I just couldn’t sleep,” Melara Flores said. “I was so excited!”

The school custodian’s good fortune happened Monday night when she got off work. She stopped by the 7-Eleven on North Tryon Street in Charlotte and bought a 20X The Cash scratch-off ticket.

“I didn’t believe it at first,” Melara Flores said. “I just kept looking at the ‘19’ and the ‘19’. I thought maybe I was seeing it wrong.”

She claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $176,254. She plans to save the money.

The $5 ticket launched in February with eight top prizes of $250,000. Five top prizes remain