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Kinston woman wins $250,000 in scratch-off game

(NC Education Lottery photo)

Ada Baker got an early 50th birthday present.

The Kinston woman won $250,000 from a $5 HIT $500 scratch-off ticket. She purchased it from the C Mart on Greenbrier Road in Kinston.

“My 50th birthday is in September,” said Baker, who looks after her eight grandchildren. “I’m going to treat myself with a trip to Jamaica. I’ve never been able to treat myself like that before.”

She scratched her ticket later in the night after purchasing it then realized she had won.

“I wasn’t planning on buying a lottery ticket,” Baker said. “I just went in for a pack of cigarettes. When I got home and saw that I won $250,000, I didn’t believe it. I just fell on the floor.”

Baker claimed her winnings Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $176,254. She also plans to use the money to buy new cars for her son and daughter.

HIT $500 launched earlier this month with six top prizes of $250,000 and more than $7 million in $500 prizes. Baker is the first winner of a top prize in this game. Five top prizes remain.

Ticket sales from games like HIT $500 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million dollars a year for education. For details on how $3.6 million raised by the lottery supported education programs in Lenoir County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

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