$250,000 lottery prize means a dream home for Southport man

Gregory Evans wins lottery scratch-off game (Photo: NC Education Lottery)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Gregory Evans of Southport said he plans to use a $250,000 lottery prize to make his longtime dream of owning a home come true.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted,” Evans said. “It was never a true possibility until now. My whole life has changed. It’s just proof that you have to keep believing in the beauty of your dreams.”

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The house cleaner’s good luck happened Tuesday after work when he stopped at the Island Express Mart on East Oak Island Drive in Oak Island and bought a $250,000 Win It All scratch-off ticket.

(Photo: NC Education Lottery)

“When I scratched off all the zeroes, I started screaming in the parking lot I was so excited,” Evans said. “I’ve been saying for the last two months that I was going to win the lottery. Now I did!”

Evans claimed his prize Wednesday morning at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $176,876.

“Yes!” Evans said, putting his arms up in the air when he got the check. “Holy cow! Somebody please pinch me. I must be dreaming.”

Evans is the first player to win a top $250,000 prize in the new game. Three top prizes remain.