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Cleveland County woman preps for winter weather, wins cool $100,000 prize

December 12, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:39 AM

For Barbara Branch of Mooresboro, last minute storm preparations resulted in a $100,000 lottery prize.

Branch’s good fortune started Saturday night when she stopped at Earl’s Short Stop on N.C. 120 in Mooresboro to get some kerosene.

“I wanted to make sure I was ready in case the power went out,” Branch said. “When I went to pay, something just said to buy a lottery ticket.”

She ended up getting the new Big Money Playbook. When she scratched the book of tickets, she couldn’t believe it.

“I kept asking myself, ‘Is this for real?’” Branch said. “I had to have the clerk check it. When she told me to sign the back my hands were shaking. Most people just end up with bread and milk when they get ready for a storm, I can’t believe I ended up with $100,000.”

Branch kept the book of tickets by her side until she claimed her prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $70,507. She plans to use some of the money to fix up her home.
The Big Money Playbook launched earlier this month with three top prizes of $1 million and four $100,000 prizes. All $1 million prizes remain and three $100,000 prizes remain. The $20 playbook has six pages of unique games. This is the first time the lottery has offered a playbook with multiple games.



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12/16/2018 02:56 - lisa p.

I was going to buy lottery tickets to give out for Christmas gifts but I changed my mind because you can buy ticket after after and still not win a decent prize. Breakeven tickets are all there is out there. Not worth the time and trouble!

12/16/2018 02:19 - Dianna N.

I hope the distributors put some of the winning tickets in the Charlotte NC area. I've just about giving up on NC tickets. I won way more in SC before NC decided to get the lottery. Congrats to the winner and all others that's getting a piece of the pie.

12/15/2018 12:25 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

12/15/2018 07:31 - Janette B.

Good for you and your family! I know the money will really make a difference in your life.

12/14/2018 11:47 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

12/14/2018 09:10 - Aundra M.

Congrats!!! It was your time to win. Enjoy your winnings. It makes me happy to see players win. We all just have to be pack our patience until our time.

12/13/2018 03:54 - Berry B.

Congrats young Lady,I cannot win one cent,no lie!!

12/13/2018 10:15 - Gloria L.

Congrats.... first time I've every spent this much on a ticket... I did get my money back. Maybe next time...

12/13/2018 09:18 - Melissa M.

So when they say the lottery isn’t real here’s the proof in the pudding#pow congrats to her

12/12/2018 08:45 - Willie B.

WHY !!!!!

12/12/2018 08:15 - Kevin H.

Congratulations....Not to take away from anybody winning..but there are never any big winnings on the coast..even the second chance drawings...Never.NC Lottery
Never say never! We've seen a fair share of big wins across the Carolina coast. Here's a quick look at some of them:

12/12/2018 07:37 - Gregory F.

Congratulations Barbara GOD is good. What a great Christmas blessing enjoy your blessing from GOD. Enjoy your repairs on your home. Another big winner in the western part of the state a lot of big winners lately. Wish I could win something big need a blessing real bad.

12/12/2018 03:32 - Bonnie G.


12/12/2018 01:11 - Tyrone J.

Congrats,God is good.

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