Wilson County woman accidentally wins $2 million lottery jackpot

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Powerball (Photo: NC Education Lottery)

LUCAMA, N.C. (WTVD) — A Wilson County woman took home a big lottery payday by accident.

Elizabeth Johnson bought her Powerball ticket on May 19, intending to play in that day’s lottery drawing.

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However, she bought her ticket too late. Her numbers were accepted at 9:58 p.m.–one minute after the deadline for the 10 p.m. drawing.

Therefore, her numbers did not count toward the May 19 drawing–and it’s a lucky thing too.

Her numbers counted toward the May 22 drawing, and they matched all five white balls.

“It was definitely a shock!” Johnson said. “When I got the message saying that I had won I thought, ‘Well, I didn’t even play tonight.’”

After taxes, Johnson pocketed $1,415,001. Not a bad return on a $3 lottery ticket.

She said she plans to use the money to buy a house and take her kids to Disneyland.