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‘Gift of a lifetime:’ NC woman wins $1.3 million from ticket bought for Mother’s Day

How are North Carolina lottery tickets distributed?

Scratch-off tickets are by far the most popular lottery games in North Carolina. Here's the details on where they come from and how they are distributed in the state.
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Scratch-off tickets are by far the most popular lottery games in North Carolina. Here's the details on where they come from and how they are distributed in the state.

When a North Carolina woman found out she won a $1.3 million lottery prize, her sister was the first person she called.

Vielka Roman, of Sampson County, received the lucky ticket as a Mother’s Day present from her sister, Neris, the NC Education Lottery said Tuesday in a news release.

Roman on Sunday won the third-largest jackpot ever in the Carolina Cash 5 game and will take home $958,078 after taxes, according to the lottery.

“She has always been there for me,” Neris said in the news release. “And when she won she said to me, ‘If I win, then you also win.’”

Neris bought the winning ticket at a Carlie C’s IGA store in Fayetteville after her family celebrated Mother’s Day, according to the news release.

It turned out to be the “gift of a lifetime,” the lottery said.

“I just can’t believe it,” Roman said, according to the lottery. “I’m still in shock.”

Roman wants to put her winnings toward her home and car, and she thinks her family will have more time to spend together, the lottery says.

“We just moved here, just bought a house,” Roman said, according to the lottery. “It will be nice to have room to breathe.”

The lottery says Carolina Cash 5 and other games help “raise more than $650 million a year for education.”

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