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NC man 'counting his blessings' after winning lottery ticket almost blew away

Apr 17, 2019, 10:00 am

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A North Carolina man is "counting his blessings" after beating the almost 1-in-a-million odds to win a lottery prize, according to the NC Education Lottery.

And it all happened after he came uncomfortably close to losing his lucky ticket, the lottery said on Twitter.

"Whenever I get my tickets, I put them in my car door," said John Hepburn of Fayetteville, per the lottery's Twitter post.

Then last week, "a few of my tickets blew out of the car," he said, according to the lottery's news release.

"So I figured I should probably check the other ones and see if I won anything," Hepburn continued.

Hepburn checked a ticket for Friday's drawing and discovered he won a $489,211 prize from the Cash 5 game, according to the lottery.

"My son had to help me figure out how much I won," Hepburn said, per a lottery news release. " I couldn't believe it when he told me."

Hepburn gets more than $346,000 after tax withholdings, the release said. He will put the prize money toward his grandchildren and mortgage payments, according to the lottery.

Hepburn, a retired Goodyear Tire plant manager, bought the lucky ticket at the Raeford Quick Stop, about 20 miles west of Fayetteville, the lottery said.

Cash 5 and other games "make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education," according to the news release.

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
Fresno, California
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Posted: April 17, 2019, 10:59 am - IP Logged

John Hepburn is lucky many times over. $346,000.00 can go a long way. Congratulations!!

When will COVID-19 be finished?  A vaccine may protect all of us.

    sully16's avatar - sharan
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    Posted: April 17, 2019, 2:56 pm - IP Logged

    John Hepburn is lucky many times over. $346,000.00 can go a long way. Congratulations!!

    I Agree! Congrats John.

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      CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
      Central TN
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      Posted: April 17, 2019, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

      John... Congrats, enjoy and thank you for giving us a reminder of how not to store our lottery tickets.

      Integrity: There is just no substitute.

        Marana AZ
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        Posted: April 17, 2019, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

        I still tease my wife about an incident involving her and the lottery.  She bought us a ticket at the grocery store and had it in her hand when she stepped out the door.  The wind gusted and yanked the ticket out of her hand and blew it away.  I tell her that we'd be millionaires now if she hadn't lost our winning ticket to the wind.

          weshar75's avatar - Lottery-042.jpg
          Mcminnville, Oregon
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          Posted: April 17, 2019, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

          He is lucky his winning ticket didn't blow away for sure!-weshar75

            TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
            Brooklyn, NY
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            October 29, 2015
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            Posted: April 18, 2019, 1:17 am - IP Logged

            Congrats on the win.

            Always treat every ticket as if it's a winner. They are bearer instruments and anyone who signs the back can collect the money.

            Find a better place to keep your future tickets!

            The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

            “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

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              Northern Beaches
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              Posted: April 18, 2019, 2:36 am - IP Logged

              Subscriptions are the best way to play!