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A Hurricane Irma evacuee won $10K from a scratch-off lottery ticket in North Carolina


A Florida woman who evacuated her home as Hurricane Irma approached just won $10,000 from a lottery scratch-off ticket in North Carolina.

Tiffany Hatfield told ABC News that she and her three children left their home in Ocee, Florida on Friday night to stay with a friend in Virginia. Hatfield, whose husband is in the Navy, just moved to Florida to be closer to family while he's stationed in Hawaii, ABC News reports.

Hatfield's husband called Friday night and encouraged her to leave before the hurricane made landfall. After driving through the night, Hatfield said she ended up stopping at a convenience store in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

There, ABC News reports, she bought two $5 scratch-off tickets. One of those tickets turned out to be a $10,000 winner.

After state and federal taxes, Hatfield pocketed $6,951, which she said she plans to use on home repairs.

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