RALEIGH, N.C. — Lottery officials say a barber from Greensboro has claimed a $1 million scratch-off prize.
According to the N.C. Education Lottery, Teddy Williamson plans to use his prize money to purchase a new home.
Officials say Williamson purchased his winning ticket after he left work Tuesday at the Great Stops on Church Street.
Williamson is the third and final player to win $1 million instantly playing the Holiday Millions game, officials said.
“I knew there weren’t many Holiday Millions tickets left out there so I had to get one,” Williamson said. “I took it to a friend’s house and scratched it. When I saw it said a million, I couldn’t believe it. It still hasn’t hit me, really.”
Rather than claim the $1 million prize in annuity payments of $50,000 a year for 20 years, Williamson chose the $600,000 cash option. The after-tax value of his prize totaled $408,006. He plans to use a portion of his winnings to help his family, take a vacation and save for the future.