On her way home from running errands on Tuesday, Hart stopped at the Walmart on Western Boulevard in Jacksonville and purchased two sets of scratch-off tickets.
Later that afternoon, once she was back home, she decided to scratch her tickets. After winning $40 on one ticket, she moved on to her lucky $25 Extreme Cash ticket.
“I looked at it and I was like, ‘Wait a minute,” recalled Hart. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was like, ‘Hmm, I won $100.’ Then I looked at it again and I said, ‘That’s more than $100!’”
Hart, who worked in food services at Camp Lejeune for 37 years, claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Wednesday. After federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $70,757.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Hart. “I still can’t believe it. It’s just amazing.”
With her winnings, Hart hopes to purchase her first home. “I’m hoping I can find me a house and buy it,” she said. “I used to pray that I could win some money and buy something of my own instead of paying rent all the time.”
Extreme Cash launched in March with three top prizes of $1 million and 10 prizes of $100,000. One $1 million prize and three $100,000 prizes remain to be won.