Eastern North Carolina woman scores $1 million win on scratch-off ticket: ‘I couldn’t believe I won’

Published 8:21 am Sunday, October 2, 2022

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The North Carolina Education Lottery has reported a million-dollar win on a scratch-off ticket by a Northampton County woman.

Sabrina Bottoms, of Conway, made her typical Sunday night gas stop, bought her weekly scratch-off and won the first $1 million prize in a new game from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I couldn’t believe I won,” Bottoms said. “I fill up and get one ticket every week.”

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Bottoms bought her $10 Hamilton ticket from the Park N Shop on East Main Street in Conway. She scratched the ticket in her car and immediately called her cousin.

“I had to get someone else to check the ticket,” said Bottoms.

After confirming that she had won, Bottoms kept her ticket close by. “The ticket went everywhere I went,” said Bottoms. “Even to the bathroom and to sleep.”

Bottoms, a warehouse worker, arrived at lottery headquarters on Monday, September 26, 2022, where she had a decision to make. She could choose to receive her prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump-sum amount of $600,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $426,063.

She plans to use her winnings to buy her dream home.

Hamilton debuted last month with four $1 million prizes. Three $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.

For details the impact from lottery funds, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.