Good deed leads Shelby woman to $200,000 lottery prize

A Shelby woman says she's counting her blessings after a good deed led her to win $200,000 on a scratch-off ticket on Christmas Eve. 

“It’s a blessing,” Georgina Hopper said. “It’s an unexpected blessing. I wasn’t trying to win. I only wanted to help someone.”

On Monday, Hopper stopped by her church to donate a turkey to their Christmas meal. 

“They give turkeys away to people in need every year,” Hopper said. “This time I helped cook them. While I was out, I figured I’d pick up the barbecue I ordered for Christmas dinner the next day.”

She says she got lost, and decided to pull into a nearby Circle K to ask for directions. While she was there, she picked up a Powerball/Mega Millions scratch-off ticket for $5. 

“When I saw the matching numbers, I couldn’t believe I actually won,” Hopper said. “I’m going to say it again. It’s a blessing.”

Hopper claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday. After taxes, she took home a total of $141,003. She says wants to use the money to buy a house.