Army vet 'about fell over' after winning nearly $300,000 lottery jackpot ahead of Veteran's Day

A North Carolina lottery player won big ahead of Veteran's Day. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A North Carolina lottery player won big ahead of Veteran's Day. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A 70-year-old U.S. Army vet plans on paying off all of his debts and purchasing a new big-screen television after winning $276,688 off a $1 lottery ticket just before Veteran's Day.

Ernest Dodson, of Greensboro, N.C., purchased the winning Cash 5 ticket last Thursday at Sons of Nie, a local Asian market. On Friday, lottery officials announced he had won the large sum.

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“I about fell over,” Dodson, who picked his own numbers, told North Carolina Lottery. “I saw that I got one, two, and then all of the numbers. I couldn’t believe it.”

Dodson traveled to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to receive his winnings.

“I’m tickled to death that I can be debt-free,” Dodson said. “I’m going to pay off my car and my house. I’m also going to get a bigger TV so I can watch my favorite wrestling matches.”

Dodson will certainly have enough to purchase the TV of his dreams; after required state and federal tax withholdings, the veteran took home $195,757.

Cash 5 is drawn every night, and tickets cost only $1. According to the North Carolina Lottery, the money raised by ticket sales funds education expenses in the state.

Ernest Dodson did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.

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