Wade Harmon, from Kenly, stopped by a truck stop to play his luck on the lottery games Pick 3 and Pick 4 when he decided to purchase a single $30 scratch off ticket.
“I went home and fired up my grill and I said, ‘Well I might as well scratch my ticket,'” said Harmon in a news release by lottery officials on Saturday. “I looked down and I said, ‘Woah!'”
Harmon claimed his prize, which is the largest scratch off prize in the state, on Friday at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh, according to the news release.
“I’m thankful, I really am,” said Harmon. “I believe the Lord saved that for me. He had a reason for me to win this ticket. He’s got plans for me.”
He chose to take a lump sum of $6 million and after taxes he took home over $4.2 million. Harmon told officials that he plans to continue to work and use the money for retirement in a few years. He also wants to take his kids and family on a cruise when it’s safe to do so after the pandemic.
“I’ll still be the same old me,” said Harmon about winning such a big prize.
The game he played, called $300,000,000 Supreme Riches, launched in April 2019 with four $10 million top prizes. Three of them have been claimed.
So far, all three winners have chosen to take a lump sum payment instead receiving $500,000 a year over 20 years.