When a nurse in North Carolina received a phone call saying she had won the lottery, she thought she was being scammed.
Terri Watkins, who told the North Carolina Education Lottery that she works in “the COVID unit of a long-term care facility,” won a $ 1 million second chance raffle. In a press release, the lottery said winners receive calls or emails notifying them of their winnings.
She still has a hard time accepting her chance.
“I thought it wasn’t real, couldn’t be real. It’s still something I really don’t believe in, I’m still in shock here, ”she told the lottery.
Watkins was chosen from more than 513,000 entrants in the state’s “Supreme Riches” second chance draw, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a press release. It was the fourth and final second chance scratch draw.
A second chance draw provides additional chances of winning for people who purchase certain tickets, according to the lottery website.
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“Just seeing some of the things I had to see, I was very grateful,” Watkins said of the lottery. “I had prayed that something would help me in this situation. It is really a good thing. I am very lucky.
Durham, North Carolina, had two options for her winnings: she could take a million dollar prize paid in annual installments of $ 50,000, or a one-time payment of $ 600,000. She went for the single payout and won $ 424,500 after tax, the lottery reported.
Watkins told the lottery that she plans to take her time figuring out what to do with her winnings.
“I would love a new home, but I just have to take the time to put it in the right place,” she said, according to The Lottery.
The North Carolina Education Lottery contributed more than $ 709 million to educational programs statewide in the 2018-19 school year, according to the lottery website.
Nationwide, Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots increased to $ 550 million and $ 750 million forecast, respectively. Both are among the biggest in US lottery history, although they are still a long way from the $ 1.58 billion Powerball jackpot split by three winners in 2016.
Contributor: Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY