Deberry became the first winner of the top prize in the new “7” game after buying a $5 ticket from the Quik Chek on South Main Street in Candor. She said she saved the ticket until the next day and scratched it at about 1:30 a.m.
“I danced around by myself,” said Deberry, a CNA. “I said to myself, ‘I think I won, I know I won.’”
She claimed her prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and received $141,501 after required federal and state tax withholdings. Deberry said she planned to donate to her church and bring some cheer to residents of a nursing home where she worked for 21 years before moving to home health care.
“I still can’t believe it,” she said. “I feel good.”
The new “7” game launched this month with six top prizes of $200,000. Five prizes remain to be won.