CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina woman fighting cancer has won $1 million playing the lottery – and she fell to the floor in excitement when she found out.
The North Carolina Education Lottery posted a video to Twitter on Monday of Gina Short’s surprise reaction to the good news.
“I have a second chance,” the Mecklenburg County resident said, according to the lottery. “That’s what my whole life is about, second chances.”
Short won the prize in the first Ultimate Millions second-chance drawing. Video shows her falling to the floor in excitement after finding out about her win.
Short claimed her prize with her husband, Len, by her side, according to the lottery.
She had the choice of taking a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum payment and after federal and state tax withholdings received $415,500.