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Grandfather's advice leads woman to $100,000 lottery jackpot

A North Carolina woman collected a $100,000 lottery jackpot thanks to some advice from her granddad. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Education Lottery
A North Carolina woman collected a $100,000 lottery jackpot thanks to some advice from her granddad. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Education Lottery

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A woman visiting her grandfather in North Carolina took her elder's advice and ended up winning a $100,000 lottery jackpot.

Kaitlen Raney told North Carolina Education Lottery officials she traveled from her home in Saluda, Va., to visit her grandpa in Mebane.

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She said she usually only buys $1 scratch-off lottery tickets, but during a trip to Hawfields General Store in Mebane her grandfather urged her to take a chance on a $20 ticket.

Raney selected a $20 Ruby Red 7's ticket and returned to her grandfather's home, where they both scratched off lottery tickets and she discovered she had won a $100,000 prize.

"Maybe he's not so crazy for playing the lottery after all," Raney said while visiting lottery headquarters Wednesday in Raleigh. "I guess I owe him dinner. Good job, granddad."

The winner said her prize money will go toward staring a college fund for her son and saving up to buy a home.

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