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Youngsville woman hits $100K jackpot

Posted March 13, 2009

— Struggling to stay afloat in a sinking economy, Deborah Janifer works a double shift at her job at Britthaven Nursing Home in Louisburg.

"I work anywhere from 120 to 140 hours every two-week period," the mother-of-three says.

She works 16-hour days to help provide for her family and to help pay the bills, which includes college tuition for her oldest child.

Janifer and her family have had what she calls a rough year. Last April, her husband was laid off from his job and has been unable to find work.

So, the timing couldn't be better when her husband took her out for lunch Friday afternoon, and to her surprise, she realized she was a winner in a national sweepstakes competition.

The lunch was a set-up so Christopher Keyes, senior executive of the online shopping and sweepstakes company Jackpot Rewards, could award Janifer a $100,000 check.

"It's going to change our lives 110 percent," Janifer says.

Deborah Janifer wins national sweepstakes competition Deborah Janifer wins national sweepstakes competition

For starters, she says, she'll scale back on the long shifts and be more focused on family than finance. In addition to paying off bills, she also plans to use some of the money to go back to school to finish her nursing degree.


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  • lovecarolinagutters Mar 13, 2009

    That's great. I am very happy for them.

  • time4real Mar 13, 2009

    that's great for them. i was very happy when i saw this story. then, i saw them driving off in what looked like a high dollar SUV. But, if you work 60+ hours a week I guess you can drive off in what ever you like!

  • Just Once Mar 13, 2009

    Fantastic! Great plans as well!

  • 1carpe Mar 13, 2009

    Fantantic win for somebody who truely deserves it. I hope after Uncle Sam and Aunt Bev take their portion (approximately 60 per cent) she has enough to do all she wants to, plus get a well deserved and needed vacation.

  • GALNC Mar 13, 2009

    Congratulations!! I was so happy to hear good news for once.

  • zadonahue Mar 13, 2009

    Congratulations. Sounds like it happened to a great family as well who is going to do right with the money.

  • pedsRN01 Mar 13, 2009

    FINALLY!!!! Some GOOD news we can all use! Congratulations!!

  • cinnamon Mar 13, 2009

    Wow that is wonderful!!