GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Since September, Tina Edwards drove around Greensboro not knowing that a lottery ticket worth more than $500,000 was sitting beside her, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I didn’t know I won,” Edwards said. “I was riding around with it for two months with no idea I had a winning ticket.”
Edwards, a customer service manager, stopped at the Bestway on Walker Avenue in Greensboro and bought a few lottery tickets while on the way to dinner with a co-worker.
Over a month later on Tuesday, Edwards and the same co-worker went to a different gas station and decided to check the old tickets.
“We were in the store, and she said, ’Oh! You won something,’” Edwards said. “I’ve been in complete shock for the last two days.”
Edwards matched all five white balls in the Sept. 28 drawing to win the jackpot.
She arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect her prize. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $464,121.
Edwards said she can now cross two things off her bucket list: paying off her house and a family trip to Dubai.
Where can I get the latest lottery numbers?
Watch lottery drawings on FOX8! Mega Millions airs at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball airs at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The NC Lottery airs at 11:22 p.m. every night.
You can also find the lottery results online on the FOX8 website.