Southport woman buys $5 scratch-off ticket, wins big prize


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County woman turned $5 into $200,000 after her scratch-off ticket turned out to be a winner.

Julia O’Neal of Southport purchased her lucky $200,000 Triple Play ticket from Murphy Express on North Howe Street in Southport.

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“It was unreal,” said O’Neal. “I just couldn’t believe it.”

O’Neal claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Friday. After federal and state taxes, she took home $141,501.

“It comes in handy for me because I can fix the house up and pay bills,” she said.

The game launched in May with four top prizes of $200,000. One prize remains.