KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - Hartley Plyler just won $20,000 in the lottery.
What an unbelievable story for one of our awesome #MollysKids in Kings Mountain. I've been waiting to tell it until today, 24-hours before The NC Education Lottery makes the official announcement.
Once accepted, Hartley had to figure out a way to pay tuition. It's tens of thousands of dollars. As excited as she was, her family wasn't sure she could go.
On a whim, Hartley entered a contest called "NC Proud Moments" through the North Carolina Education Lottery. Anyone could submit a "proud moment" in education. The contest was in honor of the lottery's 10-year anniversary.
Hartley's mom Lucy sent in Hartley's video.
"We explained how any lottery winnings would be 100% used to pay for Hartley's college," Lucy said. "Otherwise we have no funding available."
Judges used an online vote to help pick ten winners. Hartley was one.
The other nine will be announced state-wide Monday.
"We are grateful," Lucy said. "Clemson Life will help her learn to live as an independent adult. We had been doing fundraisers so this contest combined with support from our family and friends gives us almost enough to pay the first year. We'll get there. We'll get there! Hartley will get to live out her dream of going to school."
This is a lottery story I can get behind. Congrats, Hartley. I don't know of a more eager girl the lottery could help. Really excited for you.
*Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.