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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Mother’s Day is a pretty big day for Brandy Hatcher of Wilmington.

Last year on Mother’s Day, she learned that she was expecting her first child. This year, she purchased a lottery ticket that won her $1 million.

“I had just gone to the store to buy mints and decided to try a ticket on the way out,” Hatcher said, according to a news release from the NC Education Lottery. “I really couldn’t believe it. Between last Mother’s Day and this one, I don’t think it could get much better.”

Hatcher bought a ticket for the $4,000,000 Gold Bullion at Lowes Foods on Carolina Beach Road. 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. Hatcher took the cash payment. She plans to use her winnings, worth $415,206 after state and federal taxes, to purchase a car and save for her daughter’s college education.

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