NASH COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Willie Pridgen Jr., of Rocky Mount, said his children will benefit the most after he won a $1 million scratch-off prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I want to invest the money and leave it to my children,” Pridgen said, “so they can have a better life than I had.”
Pridgen bought his winning $10 Red Hot Millions ticket from Tony’s Tobacco Shop on West Mount Drive in Nashville.
“I was amazed and overwhelmed,” he said. “This is a one-in-a-million deal.”
When Pridgen arrived at the lottery headquarters, he had a decision to make.
He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000.
He chose the lump sum of $600,000.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $427,503.
“My family is really going to benefit from this,” he said.
Where can I get the latest lottery numbers?
Watch lottery drawings on FOX8! Mega Millions airs at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball airs at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The NC Lottery airs at 11:22 p.m. every night.
You can also find the lottery results online on the FOX8 website.