This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.RALEIGH, N.C. -– Julia Earp of Wilmington is the first player to spin the lottery’s BIG SPIN prize wheel and win $350,00, according to the NC Education Lottery. She spun the wheel Tuesday during a live event in Raleigh. “I figured no matter what I won, I’d be tickled with what I got,” Earp said. “I came out with more than I had when I came in, so this is amazing!” The grandmother of eight said she’s a big game show fan and developed a strategy of how to spin the wheel. “My plan was to spin the wheel so hard that I’d fall on my heinie,” Earp said with a laugh. Earp’s good luck started well before she entered the TV studio. It started when she stopped on her way to work at the Circle K on Oleander Drive in Wilmington and bought The BIG SPIN scratch-off ticket. When she realized she had the chance to win half a million dollars, she couldn’t believe it. “Whenever I thought about the fact that I won, I’d say, ‘Thank you Jesus!’” said Earp, who cares for the elderly. “I’m still saying it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!” After required state and federal tax withholdings, Earp took home $247,518. She plans to use the money to take care of her grandchildren including paying for their schooling. The BIG SPIN scratch-off ticket launched earlier in October. The $5 game has three levels of play. Players can win a cash prize instantly or get directed to a website where they can spin a digital wheel and win a cash prize or a BIG SPIN. If they win a BIG SPIN prize, they get the chance to spin the BIG SPIN prize wheel during a live event and win up to $500,000.