NC man cries after winning $1M Powerball prize

Terry Wallington (Source: N.C. Education Lottery)
Terry Wallington (Source: N.C. Education Lottery)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) -A Wilmington man was on his job working as a parking lot attendant when he checked his Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s drawing and found out he had won $1 million.

Terry Wallington said he saw that he had matched five of the six Powerball numbers in the drawing and checked the results on his phone four or fives times.

He immediately called his brother and sister and said he started crying “tears of joy.”

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Wallington, pointing to the zeroes adding up to $1,000,000 on the “Big Check” he was about to get at lottery headquarters. “Nothing like that, except on TV.”

He bought his ticket at the BP Gas Center #12 on Market Street and bought the Quick Pick ticket that beat odds of 1 in 11.7 million.

Wallington plans to help his family, brother and sister, and donate to a good cause. He may even trade up from his 1998 Ford Crown Victoria to a used Cadillac.

“I’m not into trips and I am not into splurging,” Wallington said. “I really don’t need anything. I’m content.”

Since no ticket in the drawing matched all six numbers, the jackpot climbed to $50 million annuity, worth $33.6 million if claimed as a one-time lump sum for Saturday’s drawing.

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