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NC student shares how a Dr. Pepper changed her life

UNC Greensboro student says a little bit of luck and a Dr. Pepper are the reasons behind her success and education.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — "Money was not plentiful but I had a good childhood,"  said Staci Regan, a UNC Greensboro student.

Regan grew up in Philadelphia with a passion for music and plans to go to college. An illness in high school kept her from pursuing her dreams.

Fast forward nearly 20 years, when a trip to the convenience store before a hurricane changed her life.

"We bought dog food and a couple bottles of Dr. Pepper," Regan said.

The receipt from buying the Dr. Pepper said to text the word "touchdown" to a phone number and win $15,000 in scholarship money to a school of your choice. Two weeks later she got a call that she had won!

"I can't believe this. I can't believe this is my luck," Regan said.

The money paid for two years at a community college. Luck struck again when that school awarded her a transfer scholarship to a four-year university.

After graduating from Bucknell University, she landed at UNCG for her master's degree.

"There's a saying in my family, 'luck is the intersection of hard work and opportunity.' I'm going to get the most that I can out of the luck that I've been given," Regan said.

Next week, she will graduate from UNCG with a master's in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

This summer, she'll continue her education as a Spartan and pursue another degree to teach English as a second language. She said the tuition has been paid for by scholarships.

She said this is all possible thanks to a little luck and a bottle of Dr. Pepper.

"It's made me so happy exploring my passions and my interests,"  Regan said. "I definitely wouldn't have been the person I am today, the happy, grateful person I am today without this opportunity."

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