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OHIO - A teacher in Ohio has hit it big in the lottery, but she says she doesn’t plan to stop teaching even though she’s now $5-million richer. Brenda Simpson won the prize on a $20 scratch-off ticket and when she shared the good news with her coworkers, they asked, “Are you coming in tomorrow?”

Simpson teaches in a Head Start program that provides early childhood education to low-income children, and she’s not giving up her job. “I still plan to work,” the lottery winner says, “but I told my husband he can retire.”

NORTH CAROLINA - The number zero is commonly associated with having nothing, but for more than 2,000 lottery players in North Carolina the number zero is now a hero.

North Carolina's Pick 4 game drew the combination of 0-0-0-0 Saturday afternoon. There were 2,014 winning tickets that matched all four numbers for a total of $7.8 million in prizes.

Out of the winning tickets, 1,002 winners with $1 tickets will receive the game’s top $5,000 prize, and the 1,012 winners with 50-cent tickets will win $2,500.

The lottery said winning players have 180 days to claim their prizes at one of six regional offices, but should anticipate “extended waiting times” if they decide to claim their prize on Monday or Tuesday because of the high number of winners.

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