RALEIGH – Dexter Brame, a fork lift operator from Henderson, is $178,740 dollars richer after the Carolina Cash 5 ticket his brother bought for him was one of two tickets to split the jackpot Tuesday night.
Brame learned of his win from his brother, Charles, early Wednesday morning after returning home from working a 12-hour shift. “He said, ‘Man, you won the lottery,’” recalled Dexter Brame, chuckling. “I thought he was just joking.”
On Tuesday, Charles Brame stopped by the Dabney Pit Stop on Dabney Drive in Henderson and bought Pick 3 tickets for himself. He bought five Cash 5 tickets for his brother. The two routinely buy tickets for each other whenever they play the lottery.
Still, Dexter Brame didn’t believe that he had won until his brother produced the ticket and a piece of paper with the winning numbers scrawled across it. “He wouldn’t go through all of that trouble just to play a joke on me,” he reasoned.
Brame’s Quick Pick ticket was one of two to match all five numbers in the Tuesday night drawing for the $357,480 jackpot. As of Thursday morning, the other winner has yet to come forward to claim the prize. The unclaimed ticket was purchased at the Tobacco Road Outlet on Sunset Avenue in Clinton.
Brame said he plans to keep working and to invest the majority of his winnings, which amounted to $121,544 after taxes were withheld. He said he may also plan his first trip to Disney World. And he said he will, of course, share some of his win with his brother.
Ticket sales for games such as Carolina Cash 5 have enabled the lottery to raise more than $2.8 billion for education initiatives statewide. Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Vance County education programs received more than $12 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.