A UNC Wilmington student is celebrating today, after she won $100,000 on a North Carolina Education Lottery scratch-off ticket on her birthday.
Laniah Ashley – a now-19-year-old from Clinton – won the jackpot on a $20 100x The Cash scratch-off ticket. And amusingly enough, it was the first time she had ever bought a lottery ticket.
“I kept looking at the numbers and reading the rules over and over again,” Ashely said. “I was too stunned to speak.”
Ashley is a freshman at UNCW and was home for Spring Break. Her 19th birthday was Wednesday, and she went to dinner with her family to celebrate. She got the ticket at the Han-Dee Hugo’s On Southeast Blvd. in Clinton right after dinner.
“It was my first time ever buying a ticket,” Ashley said. “I thought the colors on the ticket looked pretty so I chose that one. At first I kept it to myself because I didn’t want to sound crazy. I was too excited to believe it was true.”
Ashley picked up her prize at lottery headquarters on Thursday, and after federal and state withholdings, she will take home $71,016. The UNC Wilmington biology major has plans to attend medical school, and the lottery money should help her with that. She also plans to help her grandparents out with some of the money too.
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $4.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Sampson County in 2021, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.