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Marine veteran scratches $10M lottery prize while watching football

Marine veteran scratches $10M lottery prize while watching football

A North Carolina Marine Corps veteran and his spouse received a $10 million lottery prize while watching a football sport.

Monte Hukill and his spouse, Gage, of High Point, North Carolina, have been the primary to win the highest $10 million prize within the “Extreme Millions” scratch-off sport.

Hukill purchased the profitable scratch-off price ticket on the Fairway One Stop on Greensboro Road in High Point, then headed house to look at Thursday night time football.

“I would scratch a number and then look back at the game,” Hukill informed lottery officers. “I wasn’t really paying attention. But that sure did change.”

When Hukill learned he was once a winner, he known as out to his spouse. “I walked over to the stairs and yelled, ‘Hey honey, you might want to come down here,'” stated Hukill, recalling the instant.

“My first initial thought was the kids,” stated Gage, a highschool English instructor. “But it wasn’t the kids! He showed me this ticket and I just thought, ‘No way. Things like this just don’t happen to ordinary people like us.'”

Putting the fortunate price ticket at the nightstand, the Hukills attempted to sleep throughout the night time. “I think I slept with one eye open,” stated Hukill. “Because I knew I had won, I just knew it.”

They aroused from sleep early and headed to Raleigh with the price ticket.

“The whole ride down I kept telling him to prepare because it might not be real,” Gage stated. “I can’t believe I was such a Debbie Doubter!”

The Hukills had the selection of a $10 million annuity that has 20 bills of $500,00zero according to yr, or a lump sum of $6 million. Hukill selected the lump sum and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took house $four,170,069.

The Hukills plan on the usage of the cash to lend a hand their two youngsters pay for school and repay Gage’s pupil mortgage debt.

“My wife went back to school at 42 to be a high school teacher,” Hukill stated. “Education is important in our household. So once we get that settled, then we will think about what to do next.”

Extreme Millions introduced in December 2016 with 4 $10 million prizes, and 22 $1 million prizes. Three best prizes and 13 $1 million prizes nonetheless have no longer been claimed. Players too can input their non-winning tickets for a possibility to win $1 million in a second-chance drawing.

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Updated: October 5, 2017 — 7:18 am

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