Leland woman wins $100,000 Powerball prize

Leland woman wins $100,000 Powerball prize
On Sept. 3, Donna Graziose, of Leland, received an email letting her know she was the winner of a $100,000 Powerball prize.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - A Brunswick County woman woke up to a welcome surprise earlier this month.

On Sept. 3, Donna Graziose, of Leland, received an email letting her know she was the winner of a $100,000 Powerball prize.

After confirming the numbers online, she woke up her husband to share her good news.

“But he didn’t believe me,” said Graziose a former 911 operator of 31 years. “It was very exciting in the morning to wake up to that.”

She purchased a $3 Power Play ticket for the Sept. 2 drawing on the lottery’s website.

Graziose’s ticket matched the numbers of four white balls and the Powerball, beating odds of 1 in 900,000 to win a $50,000 prize. Her prize doubled to $100,000 after the 2x multiplier was drawn because she paid $1 more for Power Play.

She took home $70,751 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

Graziose said she and her husband will use the winnings to “pay off our cars and the rest will go into savings.”

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