‘Wake up…I think we just won the lottery:’ Wilmington woman hits jackpot

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A Wilmington woman won more than $200,000 on a lottery prize.

Judy Shaw said she plans to use the $225,612 Cash 5 jackpot to reach her dream of paying off her home equity loan.

“It’s wonderful. It will make such a difference,” Shaw said. “It will be nice not to have to worry.”

The insurance agent beat odds of one in 749,398 to win Saturday’s drawing.

She bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket when she stopped by the Han-Dee Hugo’s on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington. She checked the numbers on her phone Sunday morning.

“I was in my office at home, and I saw the three numbers on my phone,” Shaw said. “I didn’t think anything of it because I’ve matched three numbers before, but then I saw the last two. I jumped out my chair and ran down the hallway and woke my husband up. I said, ‘Wake up! Wake up! Get your glasses, I think we just won the lottery!’”

Shaw claimed the prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $156,803.


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