Woman Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize After Taking Grandfather’s Advice: ‘Good Job, Granddad’

MEBANE, N.C. (CBS Local) — A Virginia woman visiting her grandfather in North Carolina won a $100,000 lottery jackpot after taking her elder’s advice.


Kaitlen Raney, of Saluda, Virginia, was visiting her grandfather in Mebane over weekend when the two went to buy a lottery ticket together on Saturday.


They stopped at Hawfields General Store on North Carolina Highway 119. Raney was about to buy a $1 scratch-off ticket when her grandpa told her to take the risk and buy a Ruby Red 7’s ticket for $20 instead.


When they got back to her grandfather’s home, they scratched their tickets and she discovered Raney had won a $100,000 ($70,756 after taxes) prize thanks to her grandfather’s advice.


“Maybe he’s not so crazy for playing the lottery after all,” she said Wednesday as she claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. “I guess I owe him dinner. Good job, granddad.”


Raney says she plans to put the money toward a college fund for her son and save for a home.