Dorothy Myers was shocked to discover that her weekend trip to attend a family reunion would leave her $2 million richer.
"I'm just so shocked," said Myers, "I'm just really really happy."
A resident of Raeford, Myers is retired and lives at home with her husband. While the two attended a family reunion in Roxboro last weekend, Myers' husband visited O'Neil's Quick Stop on South Morgan Street. There, he purchased the winning $3 Powerball ticket for his wife by playing her usual numbers.
"I've been playing the Powerball ever since the lottery first came to North Carolina," Myers said. "I always play the same six numbers. For the first five numbers, I use mine and my four sisters' birthdays. And for the Powerball I use my mother's."
Although the tickets were purchased during her stay in Roxboro, Myers didn't realize she had won until Monday evening when her husband checked the numbers on the lottery's website. Her lucky ticket matched all five white balls in the July 4 drawing and, because her husband purchased a Power Play ticket, she won the $2 million prize.
"When I realized I had won I couldn't believe it," Myers said. "I had to ask my grandson to pinch me. We were just so excited. He said it was the most wonderful day of his life. I was so happy I couldn't sleep."
Though Myers is still trying to take it all in, she already knows how she wants to spend her prize money.
"Of course I'm going to set some aside to pay for college for my grandsons," said Myers. “"ut I’' also going to buy an RV for my husband. We'd like to go visit our old friends in Texas. I've also always wanted to go to Paris."
After federal and state taxes were withheld, Myers received a check for $1,385,000.
"I just feel so wonderful," Myers said. "It's just joy, pure joy. And I still can't believe it. It was just a wonderful weekend all around. I got to see cousins I haven't seen in 30 years. And now that I've won $2 million, this is just the icing on the cake.”
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