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Wilmington woman scratches off $1M winner on first lottery ticket


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington woman is a lot richer after buying her first lottery ticket ever.

Cindy Reeves, a stockroom clerk, said she has worked hard all her life, according to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. Sunday morning, the Wilmington native bought a $20 scratch-off ticket at the Shop-N-Go on Market Street. The ticket for the $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular turned out to be a $1 million winner.

As a new player Reeves was unsure whether or not she had won a prize. She called her boyfriend, Rick Jocheim, who plays lottery games, and they figured out she'd won.

The couple went to Raleigh yesterday to collect the prize money. Winners of $1 million in the game have the option of claiming it in $50,000 payments as a 20-year annuity or a one-time lump sum of $600,000.

"I'm going to pay off everything I owe," Reeves said after taking the cash option.

She said that her after-tax winnings of $415,206 would also allow her to take a trip to Disney World and visit the North Carolina Mountains with her sister.

"She really deserves this," Jocheim said. "It could not have happened to a better person."

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