Charlotte Woman Collects $100,000 Lottery Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Release) — Cynthia Hernandez Lemus of Charlotte took a chance on a $25 scratch-off ticket and won a $100,000 prize.

Hernandez Lemus bought her lucky Spectacular Riches ticket from the Emerywood Citgo on South Boulevard in Charlotte.

Hernandez Lemus arrived at lottery headquarters on Monday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,017.

The Spectacular Riches game launched in October with eight top prizes of $1 million and 20 $100,000 prizes. Six $1 million prizes and 15 $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $60.5 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Mecklenburg County in 2020, visit and click on the “Impact” section.