North Carolina woman wins lottery on 20th wedding anniversary


A North Carolina woman had an extra reason to celebrate on her wedding anniversary this year.

Sadhana Patel, from New Bern, North Carolina, won a $373,741 Fast Play jackpot in the North Carolina Education Lottery, according to a press release

Patel bought the winning ticket from the store she owns in New Bern on Jan. 16, her 20th wedding anniversary. 

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“I said, ‘I feel like I got something good, so let me scan it,” Patel said in the release. “I realized it said take it to the lottery. Then I realized, ‘I think I hit the jackpot.’”

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“I was shocked,” she added. “I called my kids first and then I told my husband. We were all happy and shocked at the same time.”

Patel picked up her prize on Friday, ending up with $264,423 after taxes, according to the release.

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She said she’s planning to use the money for bills and to share with family, the release said. 

A woman in North Carolina won $373,741 from a lottery ticket she bought on her anniversary. (iStock)

A woman in North Carolina won $373,741 from a lottery ticket she bought on her anniversary. (iStock)

According to the North Carolina Education Lottery, the chances of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 240,000. 

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Last week, a man in Florida became the first person to claim the top prize for a new game that launched in February. 

Richard Morgan claimed a $15 million prize in Florida’s new Billion Dollar Gold Rush Supreme scratch-off game, Fox News reported.



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