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Warren County school bus driver can pay off her house with $150,000 prize

January 28, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:21 AM

Paula Harris of Warrenton said she looks forward to paying off her mortgage after a $5 scratch-off became a $150,000 surprise.

“I was so excited,” Harris said. “Now I can pay off my house.”

Harris, a 59-year-old school bus driver, said she told her children the good news right after she won.

“They couldn’t believe it either,” she recalled.

Harris bought her Cashword Multiplier ticket from the Speedway on West 3rd St. in Ayden.

“I love the crossword puzzles,” she said. “They are my favorite.”

Harris collected her prize at lottery headquarters Friday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $106,876.

In addition to her paying off her mortgage, Harris said she would use the winnings to help out her kids.

Cashword Multiplier debuted in August with six $150,000 prizes. One $150,000 prize remains to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. The state provided $30 million in grants, using money raised by the lottery, to help Warren County build a new elementary school. For details on other ways Warren County benefits from lottery funds, visit and click on the “Impact” section.


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1/29/2023 02:48 - Roy M.


1/28/2023 09:30 - Katherine P.


1/28/2023 08:55 - Bevlin D.

Congratulations! Enjoy!

1/28/2023 08:34 - joanie m.

Congratulations Paula its a weight off one's shoulder knowing your mortgage is paid in full

1/28/2023 08:31 - monica e.

Congratulations "Awesome"

1/28/2023 04:23 - Sabrina D S.


1/28/2023 04:19 - Michael R.

Where are the trips or Quads like other states are bringing out? We as players don't care about trips in the pick 4. Either bring the Quads or trips

1/28/2023 11:21 - Roger K.

Wow, congratulations on your big win! There was another winner of this same ticket, just won yesterday in Avon,nc. But she purchased the winning ticket in Ayden,nc. Congratulations to you both!

1/28/2023 10:03 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte!

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