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Cynthia Harris, a resident of the city of Cary, North Carolina, experienced an unusually lucky moment. She won exactly 736,874 dollars, equivalent to more than R$3.7 million, by mistakenly placing an online bet on a lottery.

Cynthia thought she was just trying out a demo game, but she ended up making a real bet.

Bet details and record lottery prize

Cynthia explained to North Carolina Education Lottery officials that she didn’t realize she was playing for real money in the Bison Bonanza game, an instant digital game available on the lottery‘s website and app.

“I thought I was playing in demo mode. I didn’t know it was for real,” she said.

Cynthia’s prize is the largest ever recorded in any North Carolina Education Lottery digital game since the modality was launched in November of last year.

Prize impact and digital games on the rise

In addition to the surprise and joy, Cynthia already has clear plans for using the prize. “I am a blessed person,” she said.

Cynthia’s priority is to care for her elderly mother and provide a better life for her family. This type of responsible financial planning can serve as an example for other lottery winners.

Cynthia’s story also draws attention to the growing popularity of online lottery games. These games offer convenience and accessibility, allowing players to participate from anywhere.

About the North Carolina Education Lottery

The North Carolina Education Lottery, created in 2005, supports public education in the North American state. Since then, it has generated significant funds for school construction, scholarships and preschool programs.

In addition, the initiative offers a variety of games, such as scratch cards and jackpots. In other words, the lottery directly benefits the state’s community and students.