By WECT Staff | January 8, 2021 at 9:56 AM EST – Updated January 8 at 9:56 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – Dreams of a new SUV and a trip to Italy can come true now for Sandra Benotti of Brunswick County after winning a $200,000 scratch-off prize.
Benotti’s good luck came when she purchased a $5 Carolina Panthers from Doodles on Country Club Drive in Oak Island. Benotti, a retired nurse, and her husband moved to Oak Island this year from Massachusetts.
“It certainly is a nice welcome,” Benotti said.
Benotti claimed her prize Thursday at the lottery’s headquarters in Raleigh, and, after state and federal tax withholdings, will pocket $141,501.
She said they planned to use the prize money to buy a new SUV and, when the COVID-19 virus allows, take a long-awaited trip to Italy, the home of her husband’s ancestors.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Benotti. “To me, this is phenomenal. I never thought this would happen.”
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