“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.