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Tamara Laughinghouse
courtesy of Jonathan LaRowe, N.C.E.L. Public Relations Specialist

Mooresville Woman Wins Big in N.C.E.L.’s Powerball Game

Tamara Laughinghouse of Mooresville has won a $200,000 prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Powerball game. Ms. Laughinghouse found out she was a winner while on a family trip in Wyoming. She has used the same special family birthday numbers to play Powerball for over 20 years.

Ms. Laughinghouse bought the winning $3 Power Play ticket from the Food Lion on Brawley School Road in Mooresville. She claimed her prize Thursday (August 3) in Raleigh and, after required withholdings, took home $142,501.

Ms. Laughinghouse said she and her husband might use some of her winnings to travel to Italy where her great-great-grandfather is from. She also plans to save some money and donate some to her old high school to help fund scholarships for students there.

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