GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) - A retired Corapeake woman has won the largest lottery prize in Gates County history.
Christine Williams won $50,000 playing the N.C. Education Lottery's "Lotteria" scratch-off game, a lottery news release said.
Williams purchased her winning ticket at Family Foods on Highway 158 East in Sunbury.
Her prize surpassed the previous Gates County record set four months ago. On August 15, a Gates County lottery player claimed a $20,000 prize on a "Royal Riches ticket."
According to 2009 census figures, only seven of North Carolina's 100 counties have a smaller population than Gates. In 2009, Gates residents made about .13 percent of the more than 9.3 million people living in the state.
The release said since the lottery began through June 30 of this year, Gates County players won more than $1.7 million in prizes and local retailers earned more than $287,000 in commissions on ticket sales. During the same time frame, Gates County education programs received more than $2.5 million in lottery funds.
Those funds pay for teachers' salaries, school construction projects, need-based college scholarships and at-risk pre-kindergarten programs.
Williams told lottery officials she plans to use her winnings to make home improvements.
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