MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Christmas came early for Michael Rosenbrock, of Mint Hill, after he won $250,000 while getting groceries for his holiday dinner, according to the NC Education Lottery.
“I’m hosting the family this year,” Rosenbrock said. “I wanted to make sure I picked everything up early. I’m making ham, meatballs, stuffing, the whole shebang.”
Rosenbrock said he needed some last-minute fixings, so he stopped at the Food Lion on Blair Road in Mint Hill.
While there, he bought a 20X The Cash scratch-off ticket. He scratched the ticket at his living room table.
“I didn’t think I won anything at first,” said Rosenbrock, who works in international shipping. “It’s a good thing I always enter my tickets into the second-chance drawings or I would have thrown it away. I couldn’t believe it when I realized I won $250,000.”
Rosenbrock claimed his prize Monday at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $176,876.
Rosenbrock said he’s always wanted to start a nonprofit, and this will help him fulfill that dream.
“There are so many things that we take for granted,” Rosenbrock said. “Clean water, food to eat, a roof over our head. Doing nonprofit work is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
The $5 ticket launched in August with three $250,000 prizes. One top prize is left.