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Woman reveals how she won big NC lottery prize. Hint: Her kids were involved.

A North Carolina woman tried a new way to pick her scratch-off ticket at a local convenience store, and she’s glad she did after snaring a top prize, N.C. lottery officials said Friday.

Shelby resident Natashia Rogers selected the number of the scratch-off by her age when she had her kids, according to a lottery news release Friday.

“I don’t even know why I did that,” Rogers said when she claimed her $200,000 prize in the Ice game at lottery headquarters in Raleigh Thursday. “It was just random. It was my first time doing that.”

Rogers bought the $5 ticket at Curve View Express on West Warren Street in Shelby.

She chose the Ice scratch-off in the No. 36 slot in the store’s dispenser because she was 36 when she had her second child, she said.

“I texted my boyfriend a picture of it,” she said. “He said, ‘That’s awesome. Who won that?’”

After taxes, Rogers took home $142,501, according to the lottery.

“I’m happy, but I think I am still in shock,” Rogers said.

How will she spend the money?

She hasn’t decided, but she knows she’ll “have fun with it,” she said.