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Friend convinced N.C. woman to buy $150,000 Powerball ticket

Friend convinced N.C. woman to buy $150,000 Powerball ticket
Nancy Linn, of Salisbury, N.C., said a friend convinced her to buy the Powerball ticket that earned her a $150,000 prize. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Education Lottery

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A North Carolina woman said she won a $150,000 Powerball prize thanks to a friend who urged her to buy a ticket.

Nancy Linn, 72, of Salisbury, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials she wouldn't have bought a ticket for the Jan. 19 drawing if she hadn't been talked into it by a friend.

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"My friend was stopping to get a Powerball ticket after we played bridge and she convinced me to get one too," Linn said. "She even suggested I get the $3 ticket."

Linn bought her Quick Pick ticket with the Multiplier option from the Han-Dee Hugo's store in Salisbury.

Her ticket matched four white balls and the Powerball in the drawing, earning her a $50,000 prize that was increased to $150,000 when the 3X multiplier was drawn.

"I was so ecstatic I couldn't even believe it," Linn said. "I'm still in shock."

Linn, a retired first grade teacher and tennis coach, said her background in education made the win more meaningful.

"As a former teacher, I really can appreciate how great the lottery is for education," Linn said.

Linn said she plans to use her winnings to remodel her bathroom and give back to the community.

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"There are a lot of different organizations and people I know that could really use a pick-me-up," Linn said.

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