SALISBURY, N.C. – A Rowan County woman is quite a bit richer this week thanks to a six-figure lottery prize.
Tamara Vivian, an office manager for a chiropractor in Salisbury, will get a lump sum of $408,000 after taxes from the North Carolina Education Lottery after winning the $1 million lottery last week.
“I held the ticket in my hand for 45 seconds before I realized it,” Vivian said in a statement. “I immediately called my sister to tell her and my hand wouldn’t stop shaking. I could barely hold the phone.”
Vivian said she plans to buy a new car and pay off her student loans with the winnings.
“Next week I am going to wake up and not owe anything to anyone,” Vivian said. “It’s going to feel amazing. This is life-changing.”
Vivian bought the winning ticket at the Village Grocery & Garden Shop on U.S. 601 North in Salisbury.