One lottery player’s persistence paid off when he won millions after an afternoon of scratch-offs.
It took Kevin Clark, a Chandler, North Carolina resident, about four hours and 40 stores to track the last remaining top prize of a $5,000,000 Mega Cash scratch-off game, reports CNN.
Chandler used his intuition, driving around the state and buying every $20 Mega Cash ticket until he found the winning one.
"I had a real good feeling it was going to be in the western part of the state," Clark said, per NC Education Lottery, of the winning ticket that he eventually found at a Stop N Go on U.S. 70 in Swannanoa, North Carolina.
Clark had a system down on his hunt for the big ticket, using his smartphone until the miraculous moment he was directed to see the clerk.
"I scanned it with my phone and it told me to go see a retailer," he said. "So, I scratched it off, and when I scratched it off I couldn't believe it. I started shaking. And then I cried."
Clark claimed the prize on Monday. Instead of taking the $5 million as an annuity of $250,000 per year for 20 years, he opted for the lump sum of $3 million at once.
After taxes, he walked away with $2.1 million, but has plans to put his winnings to work.
"I'm a simple man and I mow grass," Clark said. "But I've always been interested in real estate, so my biggest plans with the majority of the money is to invest in real estate and some small businesses."