‘World’s luckiest woman’ scoops £123k with her first-ever lottery ticket

A woman has been dubbed the ‘world’s luckiest woman’ after she won £123,500 ($150K) on her first-ever lottery ticket.

Rebecca Powell from Weaverville, North Carolina, USA made a spur-of-the-moment decision to cough up £3.47 ($3) to enter Power Play on Saturday, January 7.

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Not expecting to win, Rebecca didn’t check her ticket until several hours after the draw – and she still can’t wrap her head around it.

When she finally looked up the results, she discovered she had won ‘a fortune’.

Rebecca told the North Carolina Education Lottery: "I thought I'd just give it a try. The lady at the store told me, 'you truly have beginner's luck'.

"It's like a dream. Except I haven't been able to sleep.

"When they did the Powerball drawing, I was looking at the numbers and then I screamed at my husband. I said, 'Oh my God we won.'"

The ticket matched numbers on four white balls and the red Powerball to win $50,000 (£41,100) but the prize tripled after the 3X Power Play multiplier hit.

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On the same day, another North Carolina player, Ronda Isaac also won the same prize.

The 48-year-old woman said: "I never would ever think I would win something like this. I'm going to make this count."

After taxes, Rebecca took home an incredible £87,890 ($106,876).

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She plans to treat herself to a new car and invest what is left in a new home.

The North Carolina Education Lottery said: "Wednesday's Powerball drawing offers a USD 360 million [GBP 296 million] jackpot or USD 188.7 million [GBP 155 million] in cash.

"The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million."


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