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Mooresville Man wins $100K in N.C.E.L.’s Digital Instant Game

Francis Garcia Arita of Mooresville has won a $100,000 prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s digital instant game, “The Lamp.” He played $20 to win $100,000, overcoming odds of one in 1,000,000.

Mr. Arita said he started playing digital instant games after seeing a commercial on TV. He claimed his prize at lottery headquarters Friday (December 22) in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $71,256. Mr. Arita plans to pay some bills with his winnings and save the rest.

The big win came less than a month after the launch of the N.C. Lottery’s new digital instant games. In “The Lamp” game, a player can play from 50 cents to $30. The top prize that can be won is $150,000. Digital instant games are played exclusively online on the lottery’s website or on the N.C. Lottery’s official mobile app.