Smith said he was told his vaccination proof could be used to obtain a $20 scratch-off lottery ticket for free or a $20 gift certificate for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission as part of the state's incentive program, and he chose the lottery ticket.
Smith said he couldn't believe it when he scratched off the $1 Million Spectacular ticket and revealed the $1 million top prize.
"I know they're lying," Smith recalled thinking when he revealed the prize. "I couldn't believe it."
The winner said his family members were equally surprised.
"My grandmother was the first person that I told about my win," Smith said. "We both were in total shock! She immediately wanted to leave to get her another ticket."
Smith said he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills and help family members.
"I recently got engaged in April and blessed to have the wedding and honeymoon of my dreams with my future wife," Smith said.