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Roanoke Rapids woman wins $500 a week for life! prize

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Lottery winner Jamelia Mailey claims her prize Lottery winner Jamelia Mailey claims her prize
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. - A Roanoke Rapids woman says she plans to purchase a new home and take some vacations after winning the top prize in the lottery’s $500 a week for Life! game.

Jamelia Mailey, a career path coordinator, purchased the $1 ticket at New Dixie on East 10th Street in Roanoke Rapids.

“My boyfriend scratched the ticket while we were driving,” Mailey said “I had to pull over to see if it was real. This is life-changing for me. It’s going to provide a better future for me and my family.”

The $500 a Week for Life! top prize guarantees winners an annual prize of $26,000 for the rest of their lives. The winner can also choose a lump sum cash prize, worth $354,000, instead of the annuity. Mailey chose the lump sum option and received a check for $244,968 after state and federal taxes were withheld.

The $500 a Week for Life! game went on sale on Aug. 28, 2012 with six top prizes. As of Thursday afternoon, no more top prizes remain to be claimed in the game.
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