Pink Hill woman first to win $200,000 in new Carolina Black game

Tiffany Hatch, right, and her wife, Amber Russo

PINK HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – A Pink Hill woman is the first to win $200,000 in the new Carolina Black game from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Tiffany Hatch, a manufacturing worker, stopped to buy a lottery ticket on her way to work Saturday at the Short Stop on Jackson Street in Beulaville. After the clerk told her about the new game, Hatch decided to try her luck playing Carolina Black.

She waited until after her shift to scratch it off and that’s when she realized the ticket was worth $200,000.

“We were in awe,” Hatch recalled. “Like, this can’t be right.”

Her after-tax winnings of $138,501 will make a big difference, according to Hatch.

“Fix up the house, pay off our debt – maybe get a car,” she said of her plans for the prize money. “It just feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders.

Carolina Black, a popular scratch-off ticket, returned to stores on May 3. Four more top prizes of $200,000 remain to be claimed.

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