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Woman wins £450k lottery prize ‘after invisible spirit told her to buy a ticket’

A woman scooped a $500,000 (£450,000) lottery prize "after invisible spirit told her to buy a ticket", she has claimed.

Lucky winner, Stephanie Israel, from Guilford County in North Carolina, was lying in bed when she was advised to buy a ticket moments before the draw.

The 39-year-old told the North Carolina Lottery: "It was late at night and I was lying in bed and the spirit just told me to go online and buy one."

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"There was only four minutes left until the drawing," she added

The following morning, she checked her emails and was stunned to see that she had won $501,544 (£452,415).

Stephanie said: "When I went in and saw it, I screamed for like 20 minutes."

She added: "I think I scared my family a little bit."

The North Carolina Lottery said that Stephanie had bought her "Quick Pick ticket using Online Play on the lottery’s website, her preferred way to play because of the convenience of it."

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They added: "She arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $356,147" (£307,285).

Stephanie told the state lottery that her family is "full of entrepreneurs and she wants to use her winnings to invest in her family’s future".

She said: "We are constantly thinking of new ideas for businesses.

"Our boys already have a landscaping business."

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