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Fayetteville woman wins $50K per year for life

Posted August 13, 2009 11:35 a.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville woman won $50,000 a year for the rest of her life from the North Carolina Education Lottery in a drawing at the WRAL-TV studios Wednesday night.

"I'm going to take me a little vacation," winner Darlene MacQuaide said. "I'm also going to make sure three schools in our area get some of it."

MacQuaide was one of 10 finalists at the drawing. The finalists simultaneously tore the covering off gigantic replica checks to learn what prize they had won. MacQuaide threw up her hands and screamed when she saw her prize.

Lottery officials presented her with her first check. She will get $34,003.20 annually, after taxes.

The other finalists got lump-sum prizes from $1,000 to $25,000.

Other local winners included: Stanley Bryant , of Lillington, $1,000;  Willard Cotten, of Carrboro, $5,000; Mark Stowe, of Mount Holly, $5,000; and John Williams, of Garner, $15,000.