Rebecca Powell recently decided to try her hand at the lottery – and the results did not reassure her.
A 48-year-old resident of Weaverville, North Carolina, bought a Powerball ticket she first told NC Education Lottery officials on Saturday, Jan. 7, according to a Jan. 11 press release.
“I thought I’d just give it a shot,” she said.
Later that day, Powell watched his ticket while the winning numbers were called.
“I was looking at the numbers and then I yelled at my husband,” she told officials. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, we won.'”
Powell’s $3 Power Play ticket won her $50,000, but then she also hit the 3x Power Play multiplier, bringing her prize to $150,000, officials said.
“I never thought I’d win something like this,” Powell said. “The lady in the shop said to me, ‘You’re really lucky for a newbie.'”
After taxes, Powell took home $106,876. She told officials she planned to buy a car and put the money toward a new home.
“It’s like a dream,” she said. “Except I couldn’t sleep.”
Weaverville is about 10 miles north of Asheville.
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