Nurse’s $2 lottery ticket wins North Carolina jackpot

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The woman said she was shocked when she saw the real price.

The woman said she was shocked when she saw the real price. “My heart just stopped.” (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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When a nurse from North Carolina drove to the lottery headquarters in Raleigh to cash in her ticket, she had no idea she was carrying such valuable cargo.

The $2 bill carried by Nikita Adeogun ended up worth $113,715, according to lottery officials.

Adeogun said she was completely taken aback.

“I thought maybe $600 or $700,” she told lottery officials.

The Dunn resident bought her 10x The Cash ticket at Food Lion on East Cumberland Street, according to lottery officials. The clerk told Adeogun she needed to go to the Raleigh headquarters, about 40 miles from her home, to collect the prize.

When Adeogun arrived at headquarters, she discovered that she had won the jackpot.

“My heart just stopped,” she said. “I’m so grateful.”

She won $80,750 after taxes.

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

Adeogun told lottery officials that she was going to use the money to pay some bills.

Alison Cutler is a national real-time reporter for the Southeast at McClatchy. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and previously worked for The News Leader in Staunton, VA, an affiliate of USAToday.

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