Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man said he'll be taking a cruise for his 50th anniversary after a lack of his favorite lottery tickets led him to a $200,000 jackpot.
Henry Lipsey of Fayetteville told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he wasn't having much luck at B&B Bowling Lanes on Monday, so he decided to try his hand at the lottery.
"I'm part of a senior bowling league," Lipsey said. "We didn't win our games, so I decided I might have better luck playing a scratch-off ticket."
Lipsey said he was faced with a choice when he discovered they were out of his preferred ticket, a Crown Jewels scratch-off.
He settled on a Carolina Panther scratch-off and bought two of the tickets.
"I scanned the first ticket and didn't win anything," Lipsey said. "When I scanned the second ticket it said, 'Go to lottery headquarters.' I turned it over and scratched it. When I saw the helmet and the number, I got a big smile on my face. I was a happy camper."
Lipsey, who took home $141,003 after state and federal tax withholdings, said he is going to use the money to treat his wife to a cruise for their 50th anniversary.
"We're going to go to the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands," Lipsey said. "We've been married a long time... I always say, 'Happy wife, happy life.'"