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Fayetteville veteran to use $200,000 lottery prize for 50th wedding anniversary

August 8, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:58 PM

Henry Lipsey of Fayetteville said he plans to use part of a $200,000 lottery prize to pay for a cruise to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary.

 “We’re going to go to the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands,” Lipsey said. “We’ve been married a long time... I always say, ‘Happy wife, happy life.’”

The Army veteran’s good fortune happened Monday afternoon at B&B Bowling Lanes on Fort Bragg Road in Fayetteville.

“I’m part of a senior bowling league,” Lipsey said. “We didn’t win our games, so I decided I might have better luck playing a scratch-off ticket.”

Lipsey wanted to play the Crown Jewels scratch-off game, but the clerk told him it was sold-out. He bought some Carolina Panther tickets instead.

“I scanned the first ticket and didn’t win anything,” Lipsey said. “When I scanned the second ticket it said, ‘Go to lottery headquarters.’ I turned it over and scratched it. When I saw the helmet and the number, I got a big smile on my face. I was a happy camper.”

Lipsey, accompanied by his wife and daughter, claimed the prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,003. 

The $5 ticket launched this month. Lipsey is the first player to win a $200,000 top prize playing the game. Four top prizes remain.

 All Carolina Panthers tickets can also be entered into three second-chance drawings for V.I.P. experiences at a Panthers game. Players have the chance to win a luxury suite for all home games in the 2019 football season, a stadium tent tailgating package, or a behind-the-scenes game experience.

Ticket sales from games like the Carolina Panthers make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  



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8/09/2018 05:46 - LEONARD W.

The launch date of this ticket was suppose to be on the 7th of August but he bought it on Monday the 6th. So are some places selling them earlier than they are suppose too? Just curious.... :) NC Lottery
Good question, Leonard. The lottery's goal is to have the new tickets available in all 6,900 retail locations that will carry them by First Tuesday. Packs of tickets will arrive at stores before Tuesday and some retailers go ahead and put them up for sale.

8/09/2018 03:57 - Chavelia T.

Gid Bless Congrats

8/09/2018 10:08 - Loretta M.

Love to see the locals get a win. Congratulations to you and your family. Keep bowling.

8/09/2018 08:20 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

8/09/2018 07:05 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

8/08/2018 08:51 - Gregory F.

Congratulations what a great blessing from GOD. You are truly bless. Happy 50th wedding anniversary to you and your wife. Enjoy your trip have a great time. Waiting on my blessing from GOD.

8/08/2018 08:32 - oliVia b.

Congratulations Henry, way to go! And enjoy you cruise to celebrate your 50th anniversary!!

8/08/2018 07:19 - latillya w.

Congratulations to the family,when haven't had a big win in Wilson NC in a long time it's seems like the big city getting it all

8/08/2018 06:22 - Deborah G.

Also thank you for serving our country!

8/08/2018 06:20 - Deborah G.

I think this is absolutely wonderful!not only have you won 200000 and gonna do something nice for your wife but sounds like you hit the lottery 50 years ago!I'm so happy for the both of you! Happy Anniversary to you both!

8/08/2018 03:17 - Denver G.

Congrats Henry !! You're looking good for having a 50th. Fine looking and happy family. Enjoy your good fortune and don't let anyone tell you what to do with it. Oh and GO PANTHERS !! Cam is looking ripped and ready to shred opposing teams defense.

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