North Carolina caregiver to use million dollar prize money to pay off daughter’s student loans
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CHERRYVILLE, NC (WGHP) – After leaving work on Tuesday, “something” told Selena Wallace to stop and take a chance on a lottery ticket. This ticket ultimately earned him the last $ 1 million jackpot in the North Carolina Lottery Holiday Countdown.
Wallace, a personal care assistant, purchased her winning $ 20 ticket from Murphy USA on Lincolnton Highway in Cherryville.
“It was like something was telling me to go buy a ticket,” Wallace said. “I got the ticket and put it in my purse.”
Back home, Wallace began to cook dinner, his “famous Chicken Alfredo” and remembered his ticket.
“I started scratching the ticket and saw two vacations and there was $ 1 million,” she said. “I kept looking and said, ‘No, that doesn’t sound right.’ I felt like I was having a heart attack! I just couldn’t believe it.
Wallace claimed his prize on Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She had the choice of taking the million dollars in the form of an annuity of 20 payments of $ 50,000 per year or a lump sum of $ 600,000.
She chose the lump sum and won $ 424,506 after required federal and state tax withholding.
“I am able to repay my daughter’s student loans,” Wallace said of his plans for the prize money. “It was one of the main things that worried me. “
Wallace also plans to use his earnings to look after his parents and buy a new home. The rest, she said, will go into savings. Holiday Countdown launched this month with three top prizes of $ 1 million. Wallace won the first final prize.
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