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Charlotte mother’s coffee craving turns into $100,000 lottery win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Mputu Mpeti Basemo of Charlotte said a coffee run and a spur-of-the-moment $2 Carolina Keno purchase led to a $100,000 lottery win.

“I just stopped in to buy a cup of coffee,” said Basemo. “That’s it! I wasn’t expecting to win anything. I just wanted to try the game. This is only the second time I’ve played Keno, too!”

The mother of three spends her evenings studying for nursing school, so she said she needed coffee to help stay focused. When she stopped by the 7-Eleven on Old Providence Road in Charlotte on Sunday, she decided to try her luck on Carolina Keno.

Basemo bought a ticket for two drawings – totaling $2 – and headed home; not knowing that she had a ticket worth $100,000 in her car.

“When I checked the numbers I couldn’t believe it,” said Basemo. “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!”

She claimed her prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Basemo took home $70,750. She said she knows exactly what she will do with some of the money.

“I am in nursing school,” said Basemo. “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.”

NC Lottery officials say ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website,

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Mputu Mpeti Basemo of Charlotte said a coffee run and a spur-of-the-moment $2 Carolina Keno purchase led to a $100,000 lottery win.

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Check out the luckiest stores around North Carolina for Carolina Keno prizes $600 and up! Map reflects prizes claimed for the last 12 months ending April 2020.

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Step 1: Decide how much to play per draw. Each play costs $1. You can also play for $2 to 2x your prize, $3 to 3x, $5 to 5x and up to $10 to 10x your prizes.

Step 2: Decide how many numbers to match from 1 to 10. In Keno, those numbers are called Spots. The more Spots you match, the more you can win.

Step 3: Choose to play 1 time or up to 20 consecutive draws (known as multi-draw)

Step 4: Pick your numbers from 1 to 80. How many numbers you pick is how many Spots you played.

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Sometimes game information can be confusing. We created a brief overview of some of the common terms used in Carolina Pick 3 that you should be familiar.

Pari-mutuel is a payout method that splits the total available prize money for a particular prize level between all winners of that prize level.

In Carolina Keno, the top prize for a 10 Spot match is $100,00. However, in the event more than one person wins the jackpot, the top prize may be split among the winners.

A random set of playing numbers chosen by a lottery terminal. Players may choose to have the lottery terminal pick their playing numbers instead of choosing numbers on their own.

Multi-draw is playing the same set of numbers on consecutive drawings. While filling out a play slip, a player may choose to play the same set of numbers for up to 20 consecutive drawings for the Carolina Keno.

A Spot is a number the player has chosen to play. In Carolina Keno, a player may choose from 1 to 10 Spots to play in an attempt to match the drawn numbers.

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