Retired soldier from High Point claims $1M lottery prize

Posted on: 10:20 am, July 18, 2013, by , updated on: 12:05pm, July 18, 2013

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — N.C. Education Lottery officials say a retired Army soldier from High Point has claimed a $1 million lottery prize.

Officials say Ronnie Jackson initially won $40 playing the ‘Extreme Green’ game on Tuesday evening at The Pop Shoppe on Hickswood Road. He then walked back inside store, collected his winnings and purchased a ’20X The Money’ ticket that turned out to be worth $1 million.

“It was crazy,” Jackson said. “I was in disbelief. It didn’t seem real at all.”

Jackson chose the $600,000 cash option, worth $408,003 after taxes, as opposed to receiving $50,000 annuity payments.

He said he may use his winnings to pay off his mortgage or buy a new house.

Officials say one more $1 million top prize remains to be claimed in the ’20X The Money’ game.