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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Imagine winning $200,000 and then having to worry you would not get the money. That’s what happened to a Wilmington woman last night, after confusion involving her mom.

The North Carolina Education Lottery reviewed Lisa Priola’s winning claim after it discovered her mother Grace was the one who claimed the prize.

On her way home Friday, Lisa took the last $10 she had in her pocket and tried her luck on a new scratch-off ticket.

“My friend brought me to the gas station and the girl was like, ‘Look. The new tickets came out. Do you want to buy one?’ I reached in my pocket. I seen I had ten bucks, and I was like, ‘You know what? I’ll go ahead and do it,'” Lisa said. “On my way home with my friend, just kind of scratching them off, and the main thing out of my mouth was, ‘Oh, my God!'”

While Priola though her $200,000 win had changed her life, her dream quickly became a nightmare after she called the lottery office in Raleigh Monday morning.

“They asked me what the amount was for, and I told them, and they said unfortunately you have to go to Raleigh,” Lisa said. “That’s when the anxiety kicked in, like, ‘I’m not going to have to do this. Mom, you have to do this for me.'”

Lottery officials were supposed to check her mother’s ID, Social Security card and ask for a power of attorney note. Grace Priola had all of the papers, but she says the lottery didn’t ask for the note.

She feels her name has been unfairly dragged through the mud by lottery officials.

“There’s the woman that took the money. Took what money? I didn’t take any money. I brought the check straight home here and gave it to my daughter. I’m not going to steal from my daughter. Are you crazy? Any mother would have done what I did,” Grace said.

The lottery cleared up confusion this morning and says Lisa gets to keep her winnings, which after taxes are $136,001.

Lisa says she will keep playing scratch-offs. As a matter of fact she won $50 on a ticket today.

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11 Comments on "Lottery winner keeps winnings, keeps winning"

2015 years 9 months ago

They screw up by not following procedures, and then they want to shift the blame to someone else.

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2015 years 9 months ago

BINGO!!! That statement describes to a “T” today’s Upper Management in BIG Industry.

2015 years 9 months ago

Gee…I wonder if Lisa is receiving public assistance and is worried that her “new found wealth” will result in benefits being reduced or eliminated.

2015 years 9 months ago

C’mon Taxpayer.

Having an older person claim the money might be tax advantageous – it certainly protects the winners identity. Winners get hounded by many folks begging for money.
I’ve told my kids that they get next nothing if I win big. $20K per year is the largest non taxable gift you can give them. I would however buy them cars (after I bought it and sold it to them for $1) and houses. I might even pay off any of their debts.
Then they can wait on the inheritance….while I enjoy my winnings. Heck muni bonds provide tax free income – and they still pay decent interest. Ah to dream……..


2015 years 9 months ago

What? Down to your last $10 and you choose to spend it on a lottery ticket? It worked out, but what if it didn’t? Stupidity at work.

What was the problem with her going to claim it? Anxiety? Please!!!

Although the commission cleared it, I think there is something more going on here then has been told.

2015 years 9 months ago

Where was it that I read about the grandmother’s plans to spend the money on a house and her granddaughter’s savings? Can’t find it. I know I read it.

2015 years 9 months ago

First off, if any of you have watched TLC’s How I won the lottery. Show has shown perception within families and friends that knows someone who wins huge amount of money whether it was this large or even bigger. Problem is whether it is your family or friends the moment you hit the lottery they will want your money and take it from you. Best thing when you play sign the back of the tickets where they have it for signatures. Next thing some of you said she will get reduce in pay in assistance. Only when that money is taxed every year. They will have to keep paying her whether reduce until that money is gone and when it is they have to pay her right back at the same amount the next year.

2015 years 9 months ago

You give your kids credit cards in your name, let them buy what they want and you pay the bill. No gift is then given, they are authorized users of the account. Get a rewards card and rack up the points, miles or whatever is being given.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Now you did it Guesty! They will be looking for that now!

2015 years 9 months ago

One thing is certain…..if I were ever to win a large amount of money in the lottery, I would make arrangements to get it personally……..I would never send anyone else to do it for me. And, yes, the mother did make statements about what she would do with the $$$$ as if she had won. She was stretching it pretty thin with her plans, because after tax there was only about $130,000 left.

2015 years 9 months ago

I would have to agree with TaxPayer. Is the state going to look into that?


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