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Gut feeling leads to purchase of $1M lottery ticket in North Carolina

Gut feeling leads to purchase of $1M lottery ticket in North Carolina
A North Carolina man says a gut feeling told him to buy a $25 lottery ticket, which led to a $1 million win. File Photo by Korwin2009/Wikimedia Commons

July 7 (UPI) -- A 46-year-old heating and air conditioning installer from North Carolina says he bought a $25 Spectacular Riches scratch-off ticket on a hunch and won $1 million.

"It was a strong feeling in my gut that told me to get that ticket," Anthony Pinnix said, according to the North Carolina state lottery's website.

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Pinnix bought the ticket from Rite Stop Market on North Graham Hopedale Road in Burlington, then went to his boss' house where he scratched off the ticket.

"I told him: 'Oh my God! You're not going to believe this. I just won a $1 million,'" Pinnix recalled, noting he immediately called his wife.

"She didn't believe me until I got home with the ticket and showed her," Pinnix laughed.

Pinnix chose the lump-sum payment amount of $600,000, instead of $50,000 over 20 years.

After required state and federal tax withholdings, he was left with $426,067, which he plans to use to buy his wife a new car and bolster his investment portfolio.

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