N.C. Man's Christmas Grocery Shop Bags $250,000 Jackpot

Saturday December 28th 2019 N.C. Man's Christmas Grocery Shop Bags $250,000 Jackpot

A North Carolina man got an early Christmas present when he won a $250,000 lottery jackpot after stopping to pick up groceries for Christmas dinner. 

"I'm hosting the family this year," said Michael Rosenbrock, of Mint Hill in Mecklenburg County, near Charlotte. To get all the fixings for the festive feast, Rosenbrock made a trip to the Food Lion on Blair Road in Mint Hill. "I wanted to make sure I picked everything up early. I'm making ham, meatballs, stuffing, the whole shebang," Rosenbrock said while claiming his prize on Monday.

Along with his groceries, he purchased up a $5 20X The Cash scratch-off ticket. When he got home, Rosenbrock scratched the ticket at his living room table. But there was no joy right away - initially the ticket seemed to be worthless. "I didn't think I won anything at first," he said. "It's a good thing I always enter my tickets into the second-chance drawings or I would have thrown it away. I couldn't believe it when I realized I won $250,000."

After taxes, Rosenbrock, who works in international shipping, ended up with $176,876, which he will use to kick off his dream of starting a nonprofit to help others who are less fortunate. "There are so many things that we take for granted," he said. "Clean water, food to eat, a roof over our head. Doing nonprofit work is something I've always wanted to do."

The North Carolina Education Lottery launched the $5 scratch-off ticket in August with three $250,000 top prizes available. Two of the prizes have since been claimed, leaving just one lucky winner. So if you've bought a scratch-off ticket in North Carolina, check your numbers because the winner just might be you!

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