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‘Grandma, I just won $1 million!’ NC dad-to-be hits jackpot on lottery scratch-off ticket

HICKORY, N.C. (The Charlotte Observer) – A North Carolina man was nearing the end of his luck scratching off lottery tickets at his grandmother’s house when he hit a $1 million jackpot, lottery officials said.

“I got to my grandma’s and was scratching them off and it wasn’t looking so good,” Clayton Cook of Hickory told lottery officials when he claimed the prize at lottery headquarter in Raleigh on Thursday.

“I hadn’t won anything until I came to my last ticket,” Cook said, according to a lottery news release.

When his grandmother entered the room, he was on the second line of his last ticket, “and I kept on scratching,” Cook said. “There was just about a minute of silence and about that time I looked right at her and I said, ‘Grandma, I just won $1 million!’

“’Oh my Lord!’” Cook said his grandmother replied before giving him a hug.

He beat odds of 1 in 2.83 million, according to the lottery website.

Cook bought his winning Colossal Cash ticket for $30 on his way to supper at his grandmother’s Monday night. He stopped for gas at Advent Grocery on Old Shelby Road in Hickory and bought a few other scratch-offs there, too, according to the lottery.

“It’s indescribable, really,” Cook told lottery officials.

Cook could have taken the $1 million as an annuity of 20 payments of $50,000 a year, or a $600,000 lump sum, officials said. He chose the lump sum, netting $424,509 after taxes.

“I’ve been wanting to start a business with my brother,” Cook told lottery officials. “So that might be one of the things that I invest in.”

He’s also expecting his first child in February and said the money “will help prepare for the baby.”

One $10 million top prize and three $1 million prizes remain to be won in the $10,000,000 Colossal Cash game, which started in August 2018, according to the lottery.

He beat odds of 1 in 2.83 million, according to the lottery website.

2 Central Florida men win $1 million scratch-off top prize

1 ticket sold in Melbourne

Stacy Shanks, Social Media Producer

Two lucky men in Central Florida scratched their way to a million dollars.

John Harris of Melbourne and Mikenson Brezillard of Orlando were those two big scratch-off winners.

Harris claimed the $1 million top prize on The Fastest Road to $1,000,000 game and took the one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000, Florida Lottery officials said.

Harris’ ticket was purchased from Walmart Market at 3950 North Wickham Road in Melbourne. The store will receive a $2,000 bonus commission.

Brezillard, 32, also claimed $1 million by playing the $5,000,000 Cashword Scratch-Off game. He chose to receive the one-time, lump-sum payment of $780,000, according to lottery officials.

The winning ticket was bought by Brezillard from Quick Stop at 708 Delaware Avenue in Fort Pierce. The store will receive a $2,000 bonus commission.

It costs $20 to play $5,000,000 Cashword, which launched in May. The odds are winning are 1 in 2.91, according to lottery officials.

The Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratch-off $30 game started in February and the overall odds of winning are 1 in 2.79.

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Two lucky men in Central Florida scratched their way to a million dollars.