WILSON, N.C. (WNCT) – A Wilson woman hid a winning $150,000 lottery ticket in a VHS tape to keep it safe until she could claim her prize Monday, according to the NC Education Lottery.
“I hid it in a VHS tape because if someone is going to steal something, they aren’t going to take a VHS tape,” said Melissa Gray of Wilson.
She bought the $5 ticket at the Fresh Mart on ACC Drive in Wilson.
Gray said she was going to throw her Holiday Riches ticket away after scratching off the first row, but when she checked her ticket one more time she realized she had won.
“I can’t believe I almost passed it over,” Gray said.
After state and federal tax withholdings, Gray took home $103,876, which she said she put into savings.