A nurse who treats coronavirus patients has told of her shock after winning a $1million lottery jackpot. Terri Watkins, 55, scooped the sum after entering a second-chance drawing in the North Carolina Education Lottery last week.
She beat 513,000 other people in the final Supreme Riches scratch-off ticket draw, which was held last Thursday. Terri said: ‘I’m a nurse and I work in the Covid unit at a long-term care facility. Just seeing some of the things that I’ve had to see, I am very thankful.
‘I had been praying for something to help me with this situation. It really is a great thing. I’m very blessed.’ Recalling the moment she heard she had won, Terri added: ‘I thought that it was a scam. I was a little upset actually!
‘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.’ Terri collected her win from North Carolina’s lottery HQ in Raleigh last Thursday.
She had the option of taking the win as 20 annual payments of $50,000, or a $600,000 lump sum. Terri opted for the latter, which came to $424,500 after taxes were deducted.
Asked about her plans for the money, Terri said: ‘I’m just gonna take it slow and easy and figure out what I’m gonna do. I would love a new home, but I’ve just got to take time and put it in the right place.’
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