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N.C. woman wins early birthday gift from lottery drawing

Irma Richardson of Winston-Salem, N.C., won a lottery prize worth $25,000 for life just weeks before her 60th birthday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Irma Richardson of Winston-Salem, N.C., won a lottery prize worth $25,000 for life just weeks before her 60th birthday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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April 2 (UPI) -- A North Carolina woman said she received the perfect early present for her 60th birthday: a lottery prize worth $25,000 a year for life.

Irma Richardson of Winston-Salem told North Carolina Education Lottery officials she bought a $2 Quick Pick ticket for Thursday's Lucky for Life drawing online.

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"I love Online Play, I've been doing it since it first came here," Richardson said.

She ended up matching all five white balls in the drawing, earning a jackpot of $25,000 a year for life.

The player said her reaction to seeing the results online caused her husband to become concerned.

"I think he thought I saw something crawling on the ground or something," she laughed. "He was like, 'What's wrong with you?'"

Richardson said the prize came at the perfect time: just weeks before her 60th birthday.

"This is a very nice early birthday present," Richardson said.

She said her prize money will come in useful in the future.

"I'm only a few years from retirement so this is very nice to have," she said. "I'm just glad to be here."

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