She thought her lottery ticket was worth $200 — but she won much more in NC

A woman thought her lottery ticket was worth $200 — but she won even more money in North Carolina.

Betty Brantley was checking her ticket when she realized she had actually scored a $200,000 prize. Now, she plans to get extra Christmas gifts for her three children, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.

“If they don’t come visit, they won’t get any presents,” she said jokingly in a Dec. 21 news release.

Brantley is celebrating her big win after a stop at Benson Family Fare, roughly 20 miles south of Raleigh. While at the Johnston County store, officials said her husband forgot to get her a lottery ticket.

“He started to leave and I said, ‘You’re not going to buy me any scratch-off tickets?’, so he turned back around,” Brantley told officials.

That’s when her husband went inside the store and relied on his usual routine.

“He likes to buy tickets in $10 increments,” the N.C. Education Lottery said in its news release. “After buying one $25 scratch-off ticket, he only added a $5 Mega Bucks ticket, the winning $200,000 ticket, so that his total equaled $30.”

His wife, a retired state worker living in Four Oaks, said the couple was in the car when she discovered she hit the jackpot.

“We still haven’t wiped the smiles off our faces,” said Brantley, who claimed her prize on Dec. 20.

The 69-year-old grandmother of five kept $141,501 after taxes. In addition to hoping to get more presents for her kids, she wants some of the extra cash to go in the bank, according to officials.

It’s not the first time a lottery prize has added celebration to the holiday season.

This month, officials said a North Carolina man had just finished his Christmas shopping when he discovered he won $1 million. Another lottery player planned to buy his family a holiday dinner after hitting the jackpot, McClatchy News reported.

Last year, thousands of tickets won South Carolina lottery prizes just days before Christmas when the winning combination 3-3-3 was pulled in the Pick 3 game, according to officials.



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If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.


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