A nurse who works in the COVID-19 unit at a long-term care facility now has a lotto money.
Terri Watkins, a North Carolina resident, received an unexpected surprise when she won $1 million in the state lottery, Today reported.
Watkins said she entered the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches second-chance drawing but never would have guessed that she would take home the prize.
When the state Education Lottery called to tell her the great news, Watkins said she was completely caught off guard.
“I thought that it was a scam. I was a little upset actually! I thought that it was not real, couldn’t be real. It’s still something that I really don’t believe, I’m still in some shock here,” Watkins said, per the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Out of 513,000 entries, Watkins’ name was chosen. The nurse had the opportunity to take $424,500 in cash, which is the winning amount after taxes.
Watkins chose to take home the $424,500 in cash and has since collected her prize.
“I’m a nurse and I work in the COVID unit at a long-term care facility. Just seeing some of the things that I’ve had to see, I am very thankful,” Watkins said. “I had been praying for something to help me with this situation. It really is a great thing. I’m very blessed.”
Right now, she is still carefully deciding on how she will spend the cash. She shared how a home would be nice, but also wants to “take time and put it in the right place.”
“I’m just gonna take it slow and easy and figure out what I’m gonna do,” Watkins added.