Lottery game wins $2 million jackpot prize for customer of North Carolina gas station

Beth Torres

Rising gas prices probably won’t be a problem for Brittaney Dominguez, thanks to a recent gas station visit. According to this NC Education Lottery news item, she won a cool $2 million (that’s $2,000,000 for those who like to see the zeroes).

Ms. Dominguez was visiting her native North Carolina when she bought the jackpot-winning game card. She plans to use her winnings to move back to North Carolina, buy a house, and maybe even start a food truck. 

What was the game that turned out so well for Brittaney?

The lucky game card was a fairly new NC Education Lottery scratch-off game, introduced in October 2022: Mega 7’s. A single game card costs $20. 

How lucky was she? What are the odds of winning the $2 million grand prize?

According to the Mega 7’s webpage, odds of winning the $2 million jackpot are 1,590,330 to one. 

As of this writing there are two $2 million grand prizes remaining, along with many smaller prizes. Good luck!

Where was the lucky lottery game sold?

The winning Mega 7’s game was sold at VGO 28, a North Carolina gas station. The location is shown in the following map.

What is a “breakeven” prize?

The Mega 7’s webpage has an interesting footnote to the listing of the odds of winning various prizes: (emphasis added)

“*Approximate odds of winning and the number of prizes including breakeven prizes is established at the time of printing. Chances of winning will change as prizes are won.”

Since the prize list includes a $20 prize — the price of the game ticket — I assume this is the “breakeven” prize. Perhaps this is the NC Education Lottery’s way of justifying including this amount in the odds of winning.

In my view, this is unrealistic. Winning a prize means winding up with more than I started with. For a $20 ticket, $20 is not a prize — it is a refund.

Another winning Mega 7’s game

This video shows another prize winner, considerably smaller than the grand prize, however.

Congratulations to Brittaney Dominguez!

In her case, the term “life-changing” definitely applies. How about you? Do you have a “game plan” in case you win a lottery jackpot or benefit from other unexpected good fortune? Let me know in the comments if you like.

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