On Christmas Eve, a man from North Carolina named Michael Rosenbrock, went to the grocery store to pick up food for Christmas dinner. According to the NC Education Lottery, he also grabbed a lottery ticket before he left, something he allegedly always does.

“I’m hosting the family this year,” Rosenbrock said. “I wanted to make sure I picked everything up early.”

Little did he know his $5 lottery ticket was actually a winner receiving the large prize amount of $250,000. When he first scratched it off, Rosenbrock thought it was just another day of not winning.

“I didn’t think I won anything at first,” he said. “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’t $250,000.”

After the required state and federal tax withholdings, Rosenbrock received $176,876. He remained humble when asked what he was going to do with the money.

“There are so many things that we take for granted,” he said. “Clean water, food to eat, a roof over our head. Doing nonprofit work is something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said.

Rosenbrock’s winning ticket was from the game 20X The Cash. This game, along with others, helps raise money for education. It was reported that because of these games, $700 million a year are donated in North Carolina to this cause.

Christmas Day was also a big day for people who play the Powerball. The Powerball jackpot was $183.2 million. According to the Powerball website, no one won the Powerball game or Power Play.

It was previously reported that it had been almost two months since the last jackpot winner. The last winner won $150 million and the ticket was purchased in California. The next drawing of the Powerball will be held on Dec. 29.

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