North Carolina man wins $1 million scratch after ‘feeling the urge’ to gamble

You can call it a lucky feeling!

Less than a week after moving to North Carolina, Jeremy Hartzell said he “felt the urge to buy a scratch off gift” at a local Quick Mart store in Marshall, North Carolina.

The 25-year-old father of two, who moved to Asheville, lost $10 on the ‘Big Cash Payout’ scratch card game and became $1 million richer.

“I came here to rent but now I come here to buy,” Hartzell told the lottery. “It couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.”

The young father said he would also use the money to help support his children.

Hatzell chose the $600,000 lump sum instead of opting for the $50,000 payment over 20 years when he went to the lottery’s headquarters in Raleigh to pick up his winnings on Monday.

He still had the sizable sum of $426,063 left after North Carolina collected state and federal tax withholdings on his victory.

NC Education Lottery has been offering four $1 million jackpots via the “Big Cash Payout” ticket since December 2021.
North Carolina Education Lottery

The “Big Cash Payout Game” debuted in December 2021, offering four million dollar prizes. Ticket holders must match one of their 15 numbers to the six winning numbers to win the prize associated with the matching numbers.

Hartzell has won the last million dollars on offer, and NC Education Lottery will begin the “Big Cash Payout” end-of-game process.

Hartzell’s big win comes the same week two mystery winners scooped the $1.34 billion Mega Millions prize that captivated lottery players across the country earlier this summer.

The winners had a full year to claim the prize, but only 60 days – or until September 27 – for their choice to get the $780.5 million lump sum.

New York Post

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