Laid-Off Woman Lands $4 Million NC Lottery Prize

A Raleigh woman who lost her job as a receptionist after 22 years is collecting a very big check thanks to a new game from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Two days after she lost her job, 39-year-old Camelia McClain stopped at a convenience store and bought two $20 tickets in the $4 Million Cash Blowout game. McClain said she played the game because it was new.

One of the tickets made her the first top prize winner in the game, which launched Jan. 10.

McClain opted to claim the prize in annuity payments of $200,000 over a 20-year period. After taxes, she has received her first check for $136,006.

McClain said her family would gather as it always does and decide what to do with the money.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
    When the rich people take chances and end up bankrupting a company, it's capitalism and just part of trying to make it, when a person on unemployment takes a chance and makes it big, she's stupid for trying. The stupidity people have will never cease to amaze me.
  • by Barbara Location: New Bern on Feb 15, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    Congrats to you! Blessings from heaven!! I see the haters are out in full force. LOL! But as my grandfather says run your business and let people run their mouths. Do you!!!!!!!! Barbara
  • by MC Jamal Location: mean streets on Feb 15, 2012 at 09:02 AM
    She is by law still eligible for unemployment benefits.Just saying....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 05:03 AM
    Great for her. what about the rest of us that Obama says deserves a right to equal disttribution of wealth. I want my part. I paid into that lottery too.
  • by Ed Location: ENC on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    Congrats to her ! Some folks get their "kicks" from being jerks on internet forums and some folks (like me) get their kicks from playing the lotto and winning. Im proud to be in the second group. The first group is pathetic, smh.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    Haters gonna hate.
  • by Kristen on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    My Gosh! The woman worked for 22 years. I'm sure she received whatever money she had in her retirement funds as well as getting paid back for any sick leave she accrued over the years. Aside from what her financial stand point was, it's no one's business how she spends her money. Half the UNEMPLOYED spend their money on dime bags and eight balls! What's the differene in her paying for a stinking lottery ticket!! Hope she enjoys herself!
  • by Jennifer Location: Morehead City on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM
    Congrats!!! I think it is great. I play here and there. I hope one day soon I will hit it big!
  • by Debra on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    You go girl ! Congratulations ~ anything you hear other than that... is pure jealousy !
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      by Jennifer on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM in reply to Debra
      Ditto!
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    Most excellent for her! Enjoy!
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