North Carolina man buys one more lotto ticket, wins $10M

By Ray Downs  |  Aug. 28, 2017 at 11:16 PM
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Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man decided to buy just one more lottery ticket -- and turned out to be a $10 million winner Friday.

Michael Hill of Leland, N.C., first bought a losing ticket -- but aware that there was a $10 million ticket still available, he bought another.

"I have a strategy when it comes to scratching," Hill said, according to WTVD-TV. "I start with the corners. When I got to the dollar symbol I knew I won something. I saw the 1 and then the 0 and it still didn't hit me. But then I saw the 'M'. My heart dropped down to my toes and I lost my breath."

Once he realized he won, Hill called his wife.

"I told her to pack her bags because we just won $10 million!" he said.

Hill opted to take the lump sum of $6 million, rather than the entire $10 million in 20 installments of $500,000 per year, reported WRAL-TV.

After state and federal taxes, Hill took home $4,159,101.

Hill said he plans on paying off some bills and putting money into his wife's instructional design business.

"This is life-changing," Hill said. "Wow! Just wow!"

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