A father-to-be hits the jackpot of 1 million US dollars in a scratch-off game. The first person that he shared the news with was his grandmother since he was staying at grandma's when he learned about the good news.
Clayton Cook is from North Carolina and is expecting his first child in February.
The father-to-be hits the jackpot
According to lottery officials, the father-to-be bought his ticket at a grocery store last September 14. He was on his way to his grandmother's house when he decided to buy the instant lottery tickets, specifically a $30 Colossal Cash ticket with a $10 million top prize.
The father-to-be hits the jackpot when he scratched off the last ticket that he bought from the grocery store.
He shared, "I was on the second line of the last ticket and I kept on scratching."
When he realized that he won, his grandmother was just about to enter the room. The father-to-be realized that he won after a minute of silence and told his grandma, "I just won $1 million."
As the father-to-be hits the jackpot, his grandmother was in shock. Cook recalls her grandma saying, "Oh my Lord!" followed by a tight hug.
The father-to-be claims the prize
According to reports, days after the father-to-be hits the jackpot, he claimed his prize at a lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
Instead of taking $50,000 payments per year and receiving a lump sum of $600,000 after 20 payments, the father-to-be chose to take home $424,509 after the state and federal tax deductions.
Lottery officials say that Cook shared his plan of starting a business with his brother. He said, "So that might be one of the things that I invest in."
Cook also considers winning the jackpot as a way to get ready for his new life since he is expecting his first child in February.
Winning the lottery
The lottery is a game of chance, there is no assurance in taking home money whenever one buys a ticket.
The lottery game that the father-to-be won, is a 1 in 2.83 million chance. Cook faced a lot of odds when he tried his luck.
Aside from the $1 million that Cook won, there are still three other tickets worth $1 million. Also, no one has taken home the biggest prize in the scratch-off cards that Cook won, the $10 million ticket. That is why it is still for grabs.
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