Howell later scratched the tickets off at home and discovered one of the tickets, a Red Hot Millions scratch-off, was a $1 million winner.
The astonished winner said he rushed into the next room to tell his mother.
"I handed her the ticket," he recalled. "And she said, 'You won a million dollars!'"
Howell said the win caused much celebration for his family.
"They all have decided that they'd like a cut of it," he said. "Now whether or not they get it is a different matter!"
Howell said he is considering a new car purchase with his winnings.
"Everyone's picked out cars for me," he said.