Jacksonville child care worker celebrates $150,000 lottery win

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – A Jacksonville child care worker is $150,000 richer after purchasing a $5 lottery ticket.

Carol Person discovered Tuesday night that the ticket was worth $150,000.

Just before bed, she scratched off one of four lottery tickets she’d purchased the day before at a Jacksonville Food Lion. The first ticket, one from the lottery’s $500 Mayhem game, was the big winner.

“I took my glasses off to make sure I was seeing things right,” said Person, a child care worker. Then, after she woke up her daughter to double-check the prize she was seeing, the celebration began. “We were jumping up and down,” Person said.

She received $103,876 after taxes. She says she’s planning to pay off the loan on her 2014 Ford Fusion, pay off some other bills and take a vacation. “I don’t know where, but I am going to need one after this,” she said.

Two top prizes of $150,000 have yet to be claimed in the game.

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