Janine Davis

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It’s always been a dream of 82 years old Martha Dixon of Goldsboro, NC  to be debt-free and to help others. Now she can. This week, Dixon won the Lucky for Life drawing in the North Carolina lottery. Officials made the announcement in a July news release.

Dixon works part-time as a school cafeteria worker in Goldsboro. She says she’s living out her dream. She won the $25,000 a year for life prize. She told lottery officials, “This has always been my dream.. I’m still nervous.”

Dixon bought her ticket at the Save More in Goldsboro. She matched all five white balls in the drawing. That in itself is a feat. North Carolina Education Lottery officials say the odds of winning the prize are 1 in 1.8 million.

Instead of choosing $25,000 a year for life, Dixon took out the lump sum of $276,772 after taxes, lottery officials said.

“I’m still shaking. I’ve never had a check with that much money,” Dixon told lottery officials.

The cafeteria worker plans to use her winnings to help her church, repair her home, pay off bills, invest and help others, according to lottery officials.

Goldsboro is about 53 miles southeast of Raleigh.