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Brunswick County woman wins 200K with Carolina Panthers scratch-off lottery ticket

For an Oak Island woman, 2021 has gotten off to a great start.

Sandra Benotti, a retired nurse who moved to Brunswick County from Massachusetts last year with her husband, has claimed a $200,000 as part of a scratch-off game run by the North Carolina education lottery.

“I still can’t believe it,” Benotti said in a news release. “This is phenomenal. I never thought this would happen.”

Benotti bought her $5 ticket — part of a promotional game with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers the lottery launched last July — at the Doodles gas station on Country Club Drive in Oak Island.

Benotti claimed her prize this week at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $141,501 after taxes. She said she plans on using the money to buy a new SUV and, once the pandemic abates, to take a vacation to Italy, the country of her ancestors.

One top prize of $200,000, as well as a number of other prizes, remains in the Carolina Panthers scratch-off game.

She said she plans on using the money to buy a new SUV and, once the pandemic abates, to take a vacation to Italy, the country of her ancestors. ]]>