Second chance drawing sends Richmond County teacher home with $1 million

A teacher in Richmond County went home a million dollars richer after winning a second chance drawing on Jan. 4.

Barbara Ingram, of Hamlet, received her life-changing phone call that Wednesday afternoon.

“Everybody dreams of this stuff,” Ingram said.

Ingram, a 66-year-old substitute teacher, said she didn’t even realize the second-chance drawing happened until she answered the phone. After answering, she got the news that she had won the million-dollar grand prize out of more than 1.7 million entries.

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“I completely forgot about it,” Ingram said. “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Ingram went to the lottery headquarters on Friday to collect her prize. She chose the lump sum of $600,000. Following state and federal taxes, Ingram took home $427,500. She said she will be able to live off of this money for the rest of her life.

Ingram said she plans to use the winnings to buy a new car, pay some of her bills, and take a nice trip to Alaska.

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