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N.C. woman uses same lottery numbers for 16 years, wins $264,419

N.C. woman uses same lottery numbers for 16 years, wins $264,419
Lola Allen of Fayetteville, N.C., said using the same set of lottery numbers for more than 16 years paid off when she scored a $264,419 Cash 5 jackpot. File Photo by Robert Lessmann/Shutterstock

Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A North Carolina woman who has been using the same set of numbers to play lottery games since 2006 found her persistence paid off with a $264,419 Cash 5 jackpot.

Lola Allen, of Fayetteville, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials the numbers she chose for her Cash 5 ticket at the Food Lion store in Fayetteville were the same numbers she has been using since the lottery came to the state some 16 years ago.

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"From the very beginning, I've been using the same numbers," Allen said. "They are my favorite numbers, so I stuck with them."

Allen said she was shocked when her numbers came up in Thursday night's drawing.

"When they all fell into place, I was in shock," Allen said. "I was numb."

Allen was one of three players to match all five numbers, earning her a $264,419 share of the $793,257 jackpot.

Lottery officials said one of the other winners, a Spring Lake man, collected his prize Wednesday. The third winner has not come forward, officials said.

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