CONCORD, N.C. – A North Carolina man bought a second $1 million winning lottery ticket from the same store in less than two years.
“What are the odds of this happening?” Terry Splawn said. “I can’t believe I won the lottery not once, but twice!”
His first run-in with good luck happened in April 2017 when he bought a Millionaire Bucks ticket from Sam’s Mini Stop in Concord.
The second happened Wednesday, less than two years later, when he bought a $150 Million Cash Explosion scratch-off ticket from the same store, according to lottery officials.
“I was surprised,” Splawn said, according to a lottery press release. “I couldn’t believe I hit again. I just thought, ‘This can’t be happening.’”
Splawn claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
He had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000.
He chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $424,506.
“My wife spent most of the last prize remodeling our home,” Splawn said. “I’m keeping this one. I’m going to put it aside for a rainy day.”