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Carteret County woman screamed and hit the floor after $1 million win

January 11, 2024 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:11 AM

Sharon Culpepper burst into her Newport home in joyous celebration on Monday after scratching off a $1 million win.

“I jumped out of my car and ran into my house screaming at the top of my lungs,” she laughed. “Then I just dropped to my knees and hit the floor.”

Culpepper bought her lucky $10 Multiplier Mania ticket from Newport BP on Main Street in Newport.

“My son’s fiancé was home when I was screaming and she asked what’s wrong and I yelled, ‘I just won a million dollars,’” Culpepper recalled.

She started calling different family members right away but none of them believed her.

“I play tricks sometimes and pick on them so they needed to see proof,” she said.

Culpepper said the timing of this win will definitely come in handy for her.

“This is a game changer for me,” she said. “The first part of 2024 is looking outstanding.”

When Culpepper arrived in Raleigh on Wednesday, she had a decision to make. She could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum of $600,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $429,003.

She plans to buy a new car, pay some bills, do some home repairs, and take a cruise to the Caribbean.

Multiplier Mania debuted in June with six $1 million top prizes. Three $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.

Carteret County received $14.9 million in grants, using money raised by the lottery, to help with school construction. For details on other ways Carteret County education programs benefit from lottery funds, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.

Check out the video below of Culpepper discussing her big win.


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1/16/2024 10:21 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Sharon. Enjoy your Winnings. Happy New Year

1/16/2024 05:01 - joanie m.


1/15/2024 01:40 - Loria D.


1/14/2024 06:10 - PAM P.

I'm so happy for her.

1/13/2024 11:49 - carolyn b.


1/12/2024 09:28 - Anita A.

Congrats on your big win!

1/12/2024 09:00 - Joy W.


1/12/2024 08:57 - Sharon W.

My name is Sharon to congratulations

1/12/2024 07:08 - Roger K.

Well what you know! Someone won a million on one of these tickets just the other day. Looks like people are going after them now. I did, after I seen that winner the other day, I went out and bought only one. No winner for me. Keep trying though.

1/12/2024 06:51 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! :)

1/12/2024 04:52 - MICHAEL B.

Congratulations on your win.

1/11/2024 09:05 - Charles G.

Have to be in a small town for a chance to win big moneyNC Lottery
Hi, Charles! If you read the blog or our social media pages long enough, you'll see that we have winners in all different places across North Carolina. We get similar comments from players in every region of the state--some notice that there are many winners in the east. Some say the same thing about the west. Many think that only big cities have big winners. And some mention that a lot of big winners are from small towns. The truth is that it takes a lot of luck to win no matter where you live or play - big city or small town, east or west!

1/11/2024 06:50 - Ishmael S.

congratulations sharon

1/11/2024 05:55 - Harold W.

How many entries for Quick Cash drawing . January 8th - 14th.?NC Lottery
Hey there, Harold! We received 887,621 entries in our January Week 2: Quick Cash Lucke-Rewards drawing. Good luck!

1/11/2024 05:21 - Berry B.

congrats and much love to you

1/11/2024 04:50 - Kimberly F.

I would have been on the floor to blessings from God comes out of nowhere because that's how amazing God is congratulations on your win

1/11/2024 04:06 - Sharon S.

From 1 Sharon to another, CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU??

1/11/2024 01:11 - Angela D.

Congratulations!!! Awesome

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