Lottery officials to review way $200k prize awarded to Wilmington woman

Photo of lottery win. (Source: NC Education Lottery)
Photo of lottery win. (Source: NC Education Lottery)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – State officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery plan to review how a prize of $200,000 was awarded to a woman from Wilmington.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, the lottery announced Lisa Priola from Wilmington won the prize in an instant scratch-off game called Power 7's.

After taxes, the Wilmington grandmother is now more than $135,000 richer after winning a lottery game. Priola recently bought two Power 7's tickets at the Wilco on Gordon Road. Usually, she plays Carolina Cash 5, but decided to try Power 7's at the cashier's suggestion of trying the new game, according to a spokesperson for the North Carolina Education Lottery.

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However, after announcing the win, lottery officials found out the photo of the winner was actually of the winner's mother Grace Priola.  Under lottery rules, winners have to present a photo ID and proof of a Social Security number before getting their winnings.  State officials plan to review how this happened.

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