Mom was ‘adamant’ she was going to win North Carolina lottery prize. She was right

Natalie Carraway recently predicted she was going to win the lottery.

“I kept saying I was going to win the $200,000,” she told officials, according to a Jan. 31 North Carolina Education Lottery news release. “I was adamant about it.”

Carraway, 46, and her daughter went to buy a Hot 5’s ticket at the Circle K on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington. That’s where she learned her prediction came true: She won the top prize, officials said.

After seeing her prize on the scratch-off game, Carraway celebrated with her daughter and the store manager, she told officials.

“I just looked at her and started jumping up and down,” Carraway said. “And then I just started crying.”

The manager was excited about the win, too.

“He told me he wouldn’t have wanted it to happen to anyone else,” Carraway told officials.

After state and federal taxes, Carraway took home $142,501. She told officials the prize “couldn’t have come at a better time.”

“It is such a blessing,” she said.

Carraway said she plans to use her prize to pay bills, do some renovations and buy a car.

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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