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Goldsboro woman wins $277,777 lottery prize after lucky mix-up

November 26, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:27 PM

Zerineia Carmichael of Goldsboro said a lucky mix-up helped her win a $277,777 lottery prize.

Carmichael’s good fortune happened Sunday evening when she stopped by the Circle K on West Grantham Street in Goldsboro to get gas. While she was there, she asked for a Carolina Panthers ticket. The clerk accidentally gave her a ‘777’ ticket.

“Normally I would have asked her to give me what I asked for,” Carmichael said. “But something just said to keep the ticket.”

Carmichael took the ticket back to her car and started scratching.

“At first I thought I’d only won $7,” Carmichael said. “But I kept scratching. I saw two ‘sevens’, and then two more ‘sevens’. I was in shock when I realized what I’d won. I’m very glad the clerk made a mistake and gave me this ticket.”
Carmichael claimed her prize first thing Monday morning at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $195,837. She plans to use some of the money to get a white Toyota Corolla.



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12/05/2018 07:51 - Leonard R.

Meant to happen for you!

12/03/2018 08:40 - Gary K.

Congrats on the Win.

12/03/2018 01:46 - Stephanie S.

Hope I be lucky one day soon

12/02/2018 10:28 - Roslyn K.


12/02/2018 08:12 - Brandon D.

Congrats hope I win one day the jackpot on any of the scratchoffs I play

12/02/2018 01:36 - Travis B.


12/02/2018 09:32 - Tiffany D.

Congrats on your win. I tried my luck a few times on that game in the same roll with not even a break even prize this lottery thing is so tricky.

12/01/2018 01:30 - Pam M.


11/29/2018 04:33 - Art R.

Congrats to you. Happy winnings.

11/28/2018 11:34 - monica e.

Congratulations ?? Lord knows I’m waiting on my retirement winnings ???????

11/28/2018 07:09 - lisa f.


11/28/2018 08:11 - avery f.

Congratulations i know my day is coming u read all the winner comments but i never hear them say that they plan to give the cashier anything or maybe they don't want to reveal it but when i win big i plan to give the person that sells me the ticket a reward so for that lucky person that sells me the lucky ticket look for your reward

11/27/2018 10:06 - Nichole L.

The best mix-up ever! :) Happy Holidays and congrats!

11/27/2018 07:37 - Rick Y.

Good for you!

11/27/2018 02:18 - Gary C.

Sometimes Luck can come to you in unexpected ways!!! Glad you listened to that inner voice and kept the ticket!! Congratulations on your big win!!

11/27/2018 10:11 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

11/27/2018 07:21 - Aundra M.

Congrats!! I always keep mistakes. Mistakes turn to BLESSINGS!!! Good 4 you :)

11/26/2018 11:22 - john w.

way to go

11/26/2018 08:47 - Roger K.

congrats! what luck!

11/26/2018 08:17 - Angel S.

Congratulations on the big win! Enjoy,enjoy, enjoy!

11/26/2018 07:27 - Berry B.


11/26/2018 06:13 - Gregory F.

This a Christmas blessing this blessing was meant foryouGOD works in strange ways simetimes. Enjoy your new Toyota this is great. Waiting on my blessing I have had a hard time this year.

11/26/2018 06:09 - Janette B.

Good for you and your family, enjoy your wonderful opportunity to have a better quality of life.

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