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Knightdale man wins $250,000 from scratch-off ticket

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A Knightdale man said he plans to use his $250,000 lottery winnings to help fulfill his dream of getting married. 

Fredrick Richardson, who works as a cook, stopped at the Shop N Go on N.C. 39 in Zebulon on Saturday and bought a Hit $500 scratch-off ticket for $5, the North Carolina Education Lottery said. 

“I saw that I had a match,” Richardson said. “I thought I’d probably won $5 or $50, but then I finished scratching. I started crying and thinking, ‘Is this for real?’ When I showed my girlfriend, she started crying and the first thing she said was, ‘We can finally get married.’”

Richardson pocketed $176,249 after taxes.

“My girlfriend and I have wanted to get married for a while,” Richardson said. “It just got pushed to the back burner since we didn’t have the funds. But now we finally can.”

He said he will also buy a new vehicle. 

The North Carolina Education Lottery said its sales help raise more than $600 million for education. 

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