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‘Still in some shock’: North Carolina COVID-19 nurse wins $1 million second-chance lottery drawing

Most people dream of winning the lottery, but making poor choices can turn your life into a nightmare. Buzz60’s Sean Dowling has more. Buzz60

When a North Carolina nurse received a phone call saying she’d won the lottery, she thought she was being scammed.

Terri Watkins, who told the North Carolina Education Lottery she works in the “COVID unit at a long-term care facility,” won a $1 million second-chance drawing. In a press release, the lottery said winners receive calls or emails informing them of their winnings.

“You’re telling a story,” Watkins said in a phone conversation with the NC Education Lottery representative who told her she won. “I don’t believe you.”

She’s still having some trouble accepting her luck.

“I thought that it was not real, couldn’t be real. It’s still something that I really don’t believe, I’m still in some shock here,” she told the lottery.

Watkins was chosen from more than 513,000 entrants in the state’s “Supreme Riches” second-chance drawing, the North Carolina education lottery said in a press release. It was the fourth and final second-chance drawing for the scratch-off.

A second-chance drawing offers extra chances to win for people who buy certain tickets, according to the lottery’s website.

“Just seeing some of the things that I’ve had to see, I am very thankful,” Watkins told the lottery. “I had been praying for something to help me with this situation. It really is a great thing. I’m very blessed.”

The Durham, North Carolina, woman had two options for her winnings: She could take a $1 million prize paid in annual installments of $50,000, or a one-time payment of $600,000. She opted for the one-time payment and took home $424,500 after taxes, the lottery reported.

Watkins told the lottery she planned to take her time figuring out what she’d do with her winnings.

“I would love a new home, but I’ve just got to take time and put it in the right place,” she said, according to the lottery.

The North Carolina Education Lottery contributed more than $709 million to education programs across the state during the 2018-2019 school year, according to the lottery’s website.

Nationwide, Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have increased to $640 million and $750 million, respectively. Both are among the largest prizes in U.S. lottery history, though still a ways off from the $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot split by three winners in 2016.

Contributing: Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY

Terri Watkins won a $1 million drawing from the North Carolina Education Lottery, taking home more than $400,000 in cash.

Wilmington sees two NC Lottery Powerball drawing winners

Tickets bought at two Wilmington stores resulted in more than $150,000 won through the North Carolina lottery.

A $150,000 prize and a $50,000 prize were won in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. The $3 Power Play ticket that won $150,000 was sold at The Scotchman on Wrightsville Avenue in Wilmington and the ticket that won $50,000 was sold at the Circle K on Market Street in Wilmington.

As for the weekend, the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots add up to nearly $1 billion dollars, giving North Carolinians two chances to take home a life-changing jackpot in this weekend’s drawings.

The estimated annuity jackpot for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing is $510 million. If won, it would be the 8th-largest jackpot in the game’s history. The estimated cash value is $377.4 million. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

North Carolinians also have a chance at a big jackpot win in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. The jackpot for Saturday’s drawing stands at an estimated $470 million as an annuity prize, or $362.7 million cash.

If won, this would be the 10th largest jackpot in Powerball game history. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

“It’s great to see North Carolinians winning big prizes in our Mega Millions and Powerball games,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “While these two jackpots are exciting to see, remember that it only takes one ticket to win.”

Mega Millions and Powerball have combined jackpots of nearly $1 billion for the Friday and Saturday drawings. This is the highest the combined jackpots have been since October 2018.

Players can buy $2 Powerball or Mega Millions tickets at any lottery retail location, through Online Play on the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com, or by using the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.

Ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

Part of a few big prizes won on Wednesday night ]]>