A North Carolina nurse who works in the Kovid-19 unit in a long-term care facility surprised her when she won $ 1 million in the state lottery.
A nurse named Terry Watkins had entered the second chance drawing of the $ 300,000,000 Supreme Riches, but did not think she would actually win.
When the state education lottery called him to congratulate him, Watkins said he was surprised.
“I thought it was a scam. I was actually a bit upset! I thought it was real, not real. It is still something I do not believe, I am still in some shock here, ”she said, according to a press release.
Watkins of Durham did not return a phone call by NBC News on Wednesday.
His name was chosen from over 513,000 entries. Watkins had the option of taking $ 424,500 cash – the amount the winner gets after taxes – or receiving 20 payments of $ 50,000 per year.
He chose to take the cash home, and collected his prize on Thursday.
“I am a nurse and I work in a long-term care facility in the Kovid unit. Just a few things I had to see, I am very grateful, “she said.” I was praying something to help me in this situation. This is a really good thing. I am very blessed “
So far, Watkins said she is still considering how she would spend the money. She said a new house would be nice, but she “wants to take time and put it in the right place.”
“I’m just going to take it slow and easy and understand what I’m going to do,” she said.