A UNC Wilmington freshman won $100,000 with her first-ever purchase of a scratch-off lottery ticket.

A UNC Wilmington student is celebrating today, after she won $100,000 on a North Carolina Education Lottery scratch-off ticket on her birthday.

Laniah Ashley – a now-19-year-old from Clinton – won the jackpot on a $20 100x The Cash scratch-off ticket. And amusingly enough, it was the first time she had ever bought a lottery ticket.

“I kept looking at the numbers and reading the rules over and over again,” Ashely said. “I was too stunned to speak.”

Ashley is a freshman at UNCW and was home for Spring Break. Her 19th birthday was Wednesday, and she went to dinner with her family to celebrate. She got the ticket at the Han-Dee Hugo’s On Southeast Blvd. in Clinton right after dinner.

“It was my first time ever buying a ticket,” Ashley said. “I thought the colors on the ticket looked pretty so I chose that one. At first I kept it to myself because I didn’t want to sound crazy. I was too excited to believe it was true.”

Ashley picked up her prize at lottery headquarters on Thursday, and after federal and state withholdings, she will take home $71,016. The UNC Wilmington biology major has plans to attend medical school, and the lottery money should help her with that. She also plans to help her grandparents out with some of the money too.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $4.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Sampson County in 2021, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.

Which North Carolina City is Tops in the Country for Best Basketball Fans?

  • National Top 10

  • 1. Durham, NC

    Best College Basketball Fans

    There’s little doubt that Duke has the best college basketball fans in the country.

    Was there much doubt that the home of the Duke Blue Devils would be the top spot in the country? No, not really. Unless you’re a UNC fan, in which case you might not like how far down you’re gonna have to go here to find Chapel Hill.

  • 2. Storrs, Connecticut

    Bryant v Connecticut

    UConn has been wildly successful in women’s and men’s basketball.

    The UConn women’s team have been a power for so long, it’s hard to ever imagine a time where they weren’t the class of the sport.

  • 3. Lexington, Kentucky

    Kansas Jayhawks v Kentucky Wildcats

    Rupp Arena is legendary for college basketball.

    The University of Kentucky Wildcats are about the only thing Lexington is known for.

  • 4. Lawrence, Kansas

    Texas v Kansas

    LAWRENCE, KANSAS – MARCH 05: Jalen Wilson #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the overtime period of the game against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse on March 05, 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    (So if you saw this list earlier…we may have forgotten to put the Jayhawks on here. Oops.)

  • 5. Los Angeles, California

    USC v UCLA

    The bright lights of Hollywood make L.A. a great basketball town.

    With both UCLA and USC in the mix, it’s hard to argue that L.A. wouldn’t be this high on the rankings. Even with some less than stellar years from them in recent times.

  • 6. East Lansing, Michigan

    Purdue v Michigan State

    The Breslin Center makes Sparty a powerful force.

    Michigan State fans are loud and proud of ol’ Sparty.

  • 7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Temple v Saint Joseph's

    St. Joseph’s and Temple are great Philadelphia rivals.

    This one kind of sneaks up on you. But when you look at the combined college basketball power of Temple, Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Penn, there’s a lot to be said here.

  • 8. Chapel Hill, NC

    Virginia v North Carolina

    Rameses, mascot of the North Carolina Tar Heels, is passed around the student section at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

    Maybe this is a product of a couple down years for the Tar Heels. But that win over Duke last weekend certainly makes up for the loss in these rankings.

  • 9. Fayette, Mississippi

    We are struggling to understand this one. We’ve reached out to WalletHub for an explanation. Because uhhhhh….

    UPDATE: Our friends at WalletHub gave us a little more info on this decision. Fayette, Mississippi is right down the road from Alcorn State University. The Braves are the proud champions of the SWAC and are well noted for their basketball passion.

  • 10. Kingston, Rhode Island

    Rhode Island v Providence

    Rhode Island is a great state with some legendary basketball.

    We’re stumped on this one too. Rhode Island isn’t exactly a power.

  • Other North Carolina Cities

  • 23. Buies Creek, NC

    Surprise! The Camels coming in with a surprise Top 25 ranking. We love us some Roll Humps. The Camels get a huge boost in the ratings thanks to their large arena size, and some strong fan engagement.

  • 49. Boiling Springs, NC

    Gardner Webb v Virginia

    Never underestimate the Runnin Bulldogs.

    The home of Gardner-Webb, a solid hoops community all around.

  • 80. Cullowhee, NC

    Western Carolina has long been a successful program with great fans.

  • 89. Davidson, NC

    North Carolina State v Davidson

    Steph Curry certainly had a big hand in establishing Davidson.

    Wonder what made those little guys from Davidson so successful…hmmm…

  • 97. Greensboro, NC

    UNCG is forever making lives miserable for opponents on the court.

  • 137. Boone, NC

    Never underestimate the fan base of those crazy kids from up in the mountains.

  • 180. Raleigh, NC

    Duke v North Carolina State

    Mr. Wuf has seen better days on the court in Raleigh.

    Where you at NC State fans? Hopefully, you’re doing better than the Pack is on the court.

  • 184. Elon, NC

    Raleigh can’t be feeling too great about nearly being beat out by Elon.

  • 189. High Point, NC

    The Panthers of High Point haven’t been great recently, but their fans are always vocal.

  • 232. Greenville, NC

    Well, at least East Carolina has football going for it. Oh…wait.

  • 252. Winston-Salem, NC

    We’re actually surprised the home of Wake Forest isn’t MUCH higher on this.

  • 257. Charlotte

    You’d think as the largest city in our state the basketball would be more important. Apparently not.

  • 269. Asheville

    There’s apparently other things going on in this mountain town.

  • 286. Wilmington

    UNCW is better than this ranking is giving it credit for. Maybe the kids are more focused on the beach.

  • National Bottom 10

  • 283. Jersey City, New Jersey

  • 284. St. George, Utah

  • No. 285 - Pocatello, Idaho

  • 286. Wilmington, NC

    As previously mentioned.

  • 287. Daytona Beach, Florida

    There are way more important things going on in Daytona.

  • 288. Berkeley, California

  • 289. Evansville, Indiana

  • 290. Montgomery, Alabama

  • 291. St. Paul, Minnesota

  • 292. New Britain, Connecticut

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.