A woman walked into the headquarters of the N.C. Education Lottery on Monday to claim her $10,000 prize. Later that day she won the lottery again, this time with a bigger prize.
Kimberly Morris of Wake Forest won $10,000 off a $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler ticket she bought from the Harris Teeter on Brodgen Woods Drive in Wake Forest.
“I was shocked,” Morris told lottery officials when she won the money.
“It felt really great to win, but I really have always dreamed I could win $1 million.”
Morris’ dream came true that day on her way home from the lottery headquarters. She stopped at the Quality Food Mart on Durham Road in Raleigh and bought another $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler ticket, according to a statement from the N.C. Education Lottery. With that ticket, she became the first person in North Carolina to win the $1 million prize from the $20 scratch-off game that began in September.
Morris told lottery officials she wasn’t expecting to get much on her second try.
“I just enjoy playing the lottery,” she said.
After she realized she won, Morris called her husband John at work to share the good news.
“She was freaking out on the phone,” John Morris told the Education Lottery. “I couldn’t understand her, so I told her to slow down. When I realized what she was saying, I didn’t believe her at first. I had to come home and see it for myself.”
Morris went again to the lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her second prize on Monday.
She had the option of taking a $1 million annuity with 20 payments of $50,000 or a lump sum of $600,000, the statement said. Morris chose the lump sum and took home about $417,000 after state and federal taxes. She said she plans to share it with her three children and invest the rest.