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Florida evacuee wins $10000 lottery in North Carolina

15 September 2017

She drove through the night, headed for Virginia, making only a few stops, one being at a Circle K in Rocky Mount, where she played the $250,000 Diamond Dazzler - a scratch-off lottery ticket.

A Florida mother evacuating because of Hurricane Irma won $10,000 after buying a scratch-off ticket in North Carolina.

Her husband is now deployed and is scheduled to come home in December.

While she and her daughters stretched, she purchased two $5 scratch-off tickets.

The Daily Mail reports Hatfield was not even planning to leave, but her husband, now stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Navy, urged her to evacuate. One of the tickets was a $10,000 victor.

"I didn't believe it at first", she said Thursday. Hatfield - who is from Ocoee, Florida - said when she realized she won, she started screaming and felt very happy. With the state's lottery offices closed for the weekend, Hatfield drove to her destination in Virginia with her winning ticket close in hand. "I kept it in my wallet right next to me and checked it on every minute". MORE: Officer picks up American flag from highway after IrmaHatfield and her daughters made a detour to a lottery office in Greenville, North Carolina, Tuesday on their way home to Florida. The lucky victor is planning to use the money to redecorate her family's home, which was only lightly damaged by the hurricane. "It just wound up so flawless".

According to the Daily Mail, she accepted a check of $6,951, which is the lotto money after taxes are withheld.

As far as her home, ABC News says Hatfield's house sustained only minor damage.

Florida evacuee wins $10000 lottery in North Carolina