Marilyn Fields enjoys playing the lottery. When she bought a Powerball ticket at the Food Lion on Six Forks Road in Raleigh, she never imagined that it was time for her to reap the rewards for all the times she played without winning anything big.
But as she watched the morning news, she realized she had managed to matched all five numbers drawn, but not the Powerball. Because she paid for the $1 Power Play feature, what would have been a $1 million win became $2 million. She received $1,384,000 after taxes.
Fields says she enjoys playing the lottery in part because she knows each time she plays, part of the proceeds help education. With her win, she plans to help education more directly by funding scholarships. She wants students to have the same chance she had of getting a college education.