Woman fighting breast cancer wins $1M in lottery

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When a Mecklenburg County woman found out she'd won $1 million in Wednesday's lottery, she fell to the floor and threw her hands up in surprise.

Gina Short, who was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, found out she'd won the grand prize in the first Ultimate Millions second-chance drawing when she visited the lottery's Charlotte regional office, lottery officials said.

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She said that her win felt like a "second chance" and couldn't believe she'd actually won.

"If you would have told me, in a million years I still wouldn't have believed you," Short told lottery officials. "I would have said, 'No you've got the wrong girl,' because that's what I said to them when they told me I had cancer, 'No you've got the wrong girl.'"

Short was one of more than 1.2 million entries in the lottery.

Officials said Short chose the lump-sum payment, and after federal and state tax withholdings she collected $415, 500.