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Housekeeper In Winston-Salem Wins $1 Million Playing Powerball

10:44 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC-- It may not be long before a housekeeper in Winston-Salem will put the broom and mop in the closet for good.

That's because, Paula Lampkins of Winston-Salem is now in the millionaire club after claiming her Powerball win on Tuesday.

Lampkins said she checked the lottery's website early Sunday morning and realized she had won.

The Forsyth Medical Center housekeeper, said winning the lottery means she'll no longer need to live with a roommate. "The first thing I want to do is get a house," she said. "And help my roommate, because she was there for me."

Lampkins told WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower she has worked at the hospital for 16 years. She purchased her winning ticket at Sheetz on NC 150 North in Winston-Salem.

"I'm a believer now. You know I thought just lucky people win but that goes to show anybody can win," explained Lampkins.

"I checked one number and it matched, I checked two numbers and it matched," said Lampkins.

Five out of six numbers matched on Lampkins' Powerball ticket. 

"I put my glasses on to make sure i was seeing right and then I checked it again! I said it looked like I won some money!"

Lampkins says the money could not have come at a better time.

She doesn't have a car and she lives with a roommate. She's been cleaning operating rooms at Forsyth Medical Center for 16 years. She was considering getting a second job just last week to help cover costs.

"Now I can do what I really need to do," said Lampkins.

She plans to buy a house for her family and pamper herself a little. She also wants to share the wealth with her roommate and nine brothers and sisters.

"I think it's been a long-time coming and I think I'm just going to sit back and enjoy my life for a little while," said Lampkins. 

Lampkins opted for the lump sum and after taxes, took home a check for $680,000. 

WFMY News 2

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