Paula Lampkins of Winston-Salem stepped forward on Tuesday to collect her $1 million Powerball prize. She had one of two tickets sold in North Carolina that were just one red Powerball away from hitting the jackpot on Saturday night.
Lampkins checked the lottery's website early Sunday morning to check the winning numbers from the night before. As the numbers on-screen kept matching those on her ticket, Lampkins knew she had won something. She looked up the prize for matching all five white balls.
"I saw the little comma after the '1' and I said, 'Oh my God, I think I won $1 million,'" Lampkins recalled.
Lampkins, a hospital housekeeper, said winning the lottery means she will no longer need to live with a roommate.
"The first thing I want to do is get a house," she said. "And help my roommate, because she was there for me."
Lampkins, a native of Winston-Salem, said she would share some of her after-tax winnings of $680,000 with her nine brothers and sisters and two adult children. She purchased her winning ticket at Sheetz #411 located N.C. 150 North in Winston-Salem.
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