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Lexington newlyweds win $150K on scratch-off, plan to buy first home

Bridget and James Jones won $150,000 on the scratch-off ticket.

LEXINGTON, N.C. — A newlywed Lexington couple looks to have a very merry Christmas after winning $150,000 on a $5 scratch-off ticket, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Bridget Jones, a mother of five, won a $150,000 top prize after scratching off a Season’s Gold ticket during a stop at Kelly’s High Rock Grocery on Highway 8 in Lexington.

“I thought I was going to pass out,” Jones said. “I didn’t think it was real! It still doesn’t feel real!”

Jones and her husband, James, plan to use the money for a down payment on their first home.

Jones claimed her prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $104,253.

“We weren’t sure what Christmas was going to be like this year. But this will really help us out. It came at a perfect time.”