‘I looked down and couldn’t believe it’: NC man plans to use $1M lottery win to build new home, help community

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MOORE COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — On his way to work on Saturday, Tyler Reece, Jr. of Southern Pines, bought a Millionaire Maker ticket and won a $1 million top prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.

“I already had it in my mind that I was going to purchase a ticket, and it just happened to be that one,” he said. “I figured it would be a great ticket to purchase and take a chance on.”

Reece, who works as a maintenance mechanic, bought his winning $30 ticket from the Food Lion on Andrews Road in Fayetteville.

Sitting in the parking lot, Reece scratched his ticket to reveal a $1 million prize.

“I looked down and couldn’t believe it,” he recalled. “I was just trying to keep a level head. I always said if I did win something that big, I’m going to remain the same person that everybody has come to know. I’m not going to let it change me.”

He had the option of taking the $1 million as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000.

Reece chose the lump sum of $600,000 and took home $424,509 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

With the prize money, Reece and his wife plan to build another home and pay off some bills.

“It means a lot to us because we were just talking about how close we were getting to retirement,” he said.

Reece also plans to contribute to his community and share some of the prize money with family.

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