Kirtiben Patel of Sylva tried her luck on a Fast Play ticket on June 8 and scored a $216,955 jackpot.

Patel purchased her winning $10 Jackpot 7’s ticket while at work at the store she owns, the Holiday BP on Rufus Robinson Road.

The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 240,000. A $10 ticket receives the full jackpot amount.

Patel claimed her prize July 12 at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $153,499.

Fast Play’s rolling, progressive jackpot increases with every ticket sold until it is won.

Printed on each Fast Play ticket is the amount of the jackpot when the ticket is sold and how much of that jackpot the ticket could win. Players can also win instant cash prizes on their Fast Play tickets.

Ticket sales from games like Fast Play make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education. For details on how $1.4 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Jackson County in 2020, visit and click on the “Impact” section.