Nursing assistant used family’s birthdays to win big North Carolina lottery jackpot

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Gerry Broome/AP

The same lucky numbers Kiara Carlton uses every time she plays the lottery finally won her a jackpot in North Carolina.

“I choose my numbers based on my family’s birthdays,” she told lottery officials in a July 1 news release.

Carlton, who works as a nursing assistant and lives in Winston-Salem, bought her lucky $1 Cash 5 Ticket at the Run-In in Wilkesboro, lottery officials said.

She won $110,000 in the June 14 drawing, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I was just astonished,” Carlton told lottery officials. “You never really think that could actually happen to you.”

Carlton already has a plan for her winnings, too. The 23-year-old wants to use the money to pursue her nursing degree.

“I just started working in health care and I love it,” Carlton told lottery officials.

After taxes, Carlton took home $78,111, lottery officials said.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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