75-year-old postal retiree wins lottery, claims lucky NC prize

Ralph Brown of Wilmington said he had to ask himself if he was dreaming after his $1 Cash 5 ticket won a $537,757 jackpot in Saturday’s drawing.

“I only know I’m not still dreaming because I had to drive a couple hours to get here,” Brown laughed.

Brown, a 75-year-old retired postal worker, bought his lucky Quick Pick ticket from the Scotchman on South College Road in Wilmington.

“When I saw I won, I was ecstatic,” Brown said. “Just very, very happy.”

Brown arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $381,862. He said he wants to pay off some bills with his prize money.

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