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Man’s Convenience Store Stop Leads to $1 Million NC Lottery Win

One man in North Carolina stopped by a gas station for a bottle of water on his way home after a long day of work.

He got his bottle of water, but he also ended up with a $1 million winning scratch-off ticket.

Lexington Home Builder Lucks Out With Scratch-Off Ticket

It happened to home builder Dirk Swing, at the Crossroad Mart in Lexington, about 60 miles northeast of Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to a release from the NC Education Lottery, Swing said he had long hoped to win a big prize in the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches game. Looks like he got his wish!

The odds of winning $1 million in the game are 1 in 2,149,000 — but Swing isn’t letting it get to his head. He is remaining calm.

“It’s just one of those things of fate that I assume I was meant to have it for some reason,” said Swing in the release.

His wife didn’t remain as calm as he did. Apparently, she dropped to the floor in tears when he told his wife about his good fortune.

“I’m just a regular ol’ country boy that was fortunate enough to win,” continued Swing. “So, I feel very fortunate, and very lucky and very blessed, too.”

His prize was only one of two $1 million prizes left in the game. There are also still two $10 million prizes left to be won.

Swing was given the option between receiving $50,000 annually for 20 years, totaling $1 million, or taking a lump sum of $600,000, said lottery officials. He opted for the lump sum. He walked away with a total of $424,509 after tax withholdings.

Swing’s Plans for His Winnings

What’s this Lexington man going to do with his winnings?

Swing says that he will invest some of it, and donate some of the money to charity. But he also said he will “hold on to a little bit because I like to play the games.”

Swing was playing the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches game, a scratch off card from the NC Education Lottery. Players can win prizes instantly, like Swing, or they can enter their tickets into second-chance drawings.

North Carolina’s stay-at-home orders are still in effect amid the coronavirus pandemic. That means that Swing did not have to show up in person to get his money in Raleigh — they deposited his winnings directly into his account via electronic transfer. The NC Education Lottery has lifted the usual requirement that winners of prizes worth $100,000 or more claim their prize in person.

Kate Singer

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