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“Am I dreaming,” Wilmington man asked after $537,757 win

March 22, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:05 AM

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.

Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through a retail location or Online Play, either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night.

Tuesday’s jackpot is $110,000. The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.


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3/24/2022 11:43 - Denver G.

Congrats. Enjoy your retirement and your substantial win !!!

3/23/2022 12:47 - Belinda F.

Congratulations and Happy Retirement!!!

3/23/2022 07:08 - Darlene E.

Congrats on the QP they often win something..

3/23/2022 12:18 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins.

3/22/2022 09:07 - Charles H.

Another damn retired postal worker wins a major prize! Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

3/22/2022 09:06 - Luz j.

Enjoy your win :)

3/22/2022 08:54 - sabrina w.

Good job

3/22/2022 08:09 - Mark Z.


3/22/2022 05:48 - Larry H.

Good luck with your winning

3/22/2022 12:34 - shirley b.


3/22/2022 10:03 - RHONDA L.

Congratulation!!I bought 15quick picks and only go a dollar! The luck was for you. Congratulations!!!1

3/22/2022 09:49 - Karen W.


3/22/2022 09:38 - Monica S.

Congratulations ??

3/22/2022 09:27 - william v.

CONGRATULATIONS are in order. Enjoy your retirement. Best of luck. ps, did you have to drive to Raleigh?

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