Gaston County woman turns scratch-off into million dollar payday

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A Gaston County woman took a chance on a $30 dollar scratch-off. It paid off as she won a $3 million prize.

Cathy Stroupe, of Bessemer City, bought a Fabulous Fortune ticket from Kingsway #5 on South 14th Street in Bessemer City.

Stroupe decided at lottery headquarters on Thursday that she wanted the money in one lump-sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $1,278,189.

The Fabulous Fortune game debuted in July.

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