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Florida woman fleeing Irma wins lottery in North Carolina

By Ben Hooper
Tiffany Hatfield of Ocoee, Fla., won $10,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket she bought in North Carolina while fleeing Hurricane Irma. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Education Lottery
Tiffany Hatfield of Ocoee, Fla., won $10,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket she bought in North Carolina while fleeing Hurricane Irma. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Education Lottery

Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Florida woman evacuating from Hurricane Irma has the storm to thank for leading her to a $10,000 lottery jackpot in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Education Lottery said Tiffany Hatfield was evacuating Florida with her family ahead of Hurricane Irma when she bought a $5 Diamond Dazzler scratch-off at a Circle K in Rocky Mount, N.C., while en route to Virginia.

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Hatfield, who hails from Ocoee, scratched off her ticket and started screaming when she saw that she had won $10,000, the Charlotte News and Observer reported.

She said the money will go toward repairing her home post-Irma.

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