Charlotte Woman Plans To Use $100,000 Lottery Win On Nursing School

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte woman has won $100,000 in the lottery and plans to use her win to help pay for nursing school.

Mputu Mpeti Basemo went on a coffee run that led to a spur-of-the-moment purchase of two drawings of Carolina Keno, which totaled to $2, that led to the lottery win.

“I just stopped in to buy a cup of coffee,” Basemo said in a news release. “That’s it! I wasn’t expecting to win anything. I just wanted to try the game.”

This was only the second time she played Keno.

Basemo who is a mother of three spends her evenings studying for nursing school and she needed a caffeinated pick-me-up to help her stay focused.

She then decided to stop by the 7-Eleven on Old Providence Road in Charlotte on Sunday to satisfy the craving and decided to try her luck on Carolina Keno, a news release said.

Once home, Basemo checked the numbers and couldn’t believe what she saw.

“I thought to myself, ‘Now that’s too many zeroes. There has to be a mistake!’ But it wasn’t a mistake. This is real,” Basemo said in a news release.

She claimed her prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Basemo took home $70,750.

Basemo already has plans for her winnings.

“I am in nursing school,” she said. “I graduate next year and have to pay student loans. I kept worrying about how I was going to cover everything. Now I’ve got help! It just feels so good.”