He is in a senior bowling league in Fayetteville and did not win any of his games. But his luck turned around when he stopped by a store and bought a scratch-off ticket.
Lipsey scored a $200,000 top prize in the new Carolina Panthers lottery game.
"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."
The Army veteran is planning to use some of his winnings to take his wife on a Caribbean cruise and celebrate their 50th wedding 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.'"
Lipsey's wife and daughter joined him in claiming the prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After taxes and withholdings, he took home $141,003.
The Carolina Panthers tickets can also be entered into three second-chance drawings for V.I.P. experiences at a Panthers game.