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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – After taxes, a Wilmington grandmother is now more than $135,000 richer after winning a lottery game.
Lisa Priola recently bought two Power 7’s tickets at the Wilco on Gordon Road. Usually, she plays Carolina Cash 5, but decided to try Power 7’s at the cashier’s suggestion of trying the new game, according to a spokesperson for the North Carolina Education Lottery.
“When I got home, I scratched them – and I screamed,” said Priola in a statement. “I said ‘This can’t be.’”
Since the Power 7’s game started Jan. 2, Priola is the first player to claim a $200,000 top prize, before taxes.
After taxes were withheld, she received a check for $136,001.
Priola, a Brooklyn, NY native, is a grandmother of three. Her husband died four years ago from lung cancer, and she moved to Wilmington for a new start and to be closer to her sister.
With her winnings, she says she’ll be able to buy a house and help provide for her grandchildren. She also plans to donate to causes she is passionate about, including aralyzed veterans’ care and cancer research.
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