Fast-food manager thought she won $20 in the NC lottery. It was way more than that.

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A dream home had been out of Kenya Sloan’s reach for over a decade — until Thursday.

Sloan, 40, of Shelby played the $10 Carolina Jackpot game for the first time and won a $1 million prize, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said in a news release on Friday.

“I saw the little money bag and I thought I maybe won $20,” Sloan told lottery officials. “I was just stunned.”

Kenya Sloan, 40, of Shelby NC “was just stunned” after winning the Carolina Jackpot $1 million prize. She plans on buying the dream home she’s wanted for 15 years.
Kenya Sloan, 40, of Shelby NC “was just stunned” after winning the Carolina Jackpot $1 million prize. She plans on buying the dream home she’s wanted for 15 years.

The McDonald’s manager’s “eyes got real big” as she looked at the winning ticket she bought from the Curve View Express on West Warren Street in Shelby, lottery officials said.

When Sloan went to lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday, she had a decision to make: an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum and took home $426,063, after taxes.

Now Sloan can make her dream a reality.

“I’ve been wanting to buy a house for like 15 years,” she told lottery officials.

The $10 Carolina Jackpot game debuted in June with five $1 million prizes. Three $1 million prizes remain to be won, according to lottery officials.

A man in Sampson County won the first $1 million jackpot prize.

The overall odds of winning the Carolina Jackpot is 1 in 4.16, according to the lottery website.