Carteret County woman screamed and celebrated after $1 million win

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – A Carteret County woman took a chance and won it big.

Sharon Culpepper, of Newport, won $1 million Monday from a $10 Multiplier Mania ticket she brought from Newport BP on Main Street. The North Carolina Education Lottery said she ran into the house screaming and her son’s fiancé was initially worried.

She called other family members about her win, but she said she had been a trickster in the past so they required proof before celebrating with her.

The lottery said she chose to take a lump sum of $600,000 on the spot. After federal and state taxes, she took home $429,003.

“This is a game changer for me,” she said. “The first part of 2024 is looking outstanding.”

Culpepper said she will use the money to buy a new car, do some home repairs, and take a cruise to the Caribbean.

This win is the third out of six $1 million prizes with Multiplier Mania. Three more remain to win.