Shelby Tripp doesn’t always listen to her mom, but is so glad she did when her mom urged her to go buy a lottery ticket, N.C. Education Lottery officials said in a news release.
The $150 Million Cash Explosion scratch-off ticket won her a $4 million prize, lottery officials said. She beat odds of 1 in 2.7 million, according the lottery’s website.
Tripp lives in Stokes in Pitt County, 6 miles northeast of Greenville at the coast.
She told lottery officials that her mom “had a lucky feeling and I needed to buy a lottery ticket,” according to Thursday’s news release. “I don’t always listen to her, but this time I did.”
Her mom had won $500 in the lottery on Halloween and called Tripp “to share the good news,” according to the release.
Tripp bought the winning ticket at the Speedway on South Memorial Drive in Greenville.
“I didn’t even scratch the ticket until I was ready to go to bed,” Tripp told lottery officials when claiming her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh Wednesday, the lottery’s news release said. “I put it on the kitchen counter, cleaned up the house and did some other chores.”
“When I saw the $4 million, I couldn’t believe it,” Tripp told lottery officials of how she kept scratching the ticket after thinking she hadn’t won anything.
“I had my mom come over to see if I was reading it right,” Tripp said, according to the news release. “When she said I was, I ran around the house pacing and screaming for at least 30 minutes.”
Tripp could choose between taking a $4 million annuity with 20 payments of $200,000 a year, or a $2.4 million lump sum. She chose the $2.4 million, lottery officials said.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home nearly $1.7 million, according to the lottery’s news release.
Tripp told lottery officials that she will redecorate her mom’s house with part of the winnings. “She’s worked so hard her whole life,” Tripp told officials, according to the release. “I just want to do something nice for her. I’ll pay off her house and then make sure she has her house redecorated the way she’s always dreamed.”
Tripp is the first to win one of the four top $4 million prizes in the $20 game that began in October, the lottery news release said.