Man turns $40 win into $1 million prize

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 09:19 PM

A High Point man is feeling like a million bucks after cashing one lottery ticket and buying another winning ticket.
A big one.
Ronnie Jackson, a retired Army soldier, won $40 playing the Extreme Green game on Tuesday night. He then walked back inside The Pop Shoppe on Hickswood Road, collected his winnings, and bought a 20X The Money ticket that would turn out to be worth $1 million.
“It was crazy,” Jackson said. “I was in disbelief. It didn’t seem real at all.”
Jackson could have claimed the $1 million prize in annuity payments of $50,000 a year for 20 years, but he chose a $600,000 cash option. He said he may use his winnings, worth $408,003 after taxes, to pay off his mortgage or buy a new house.
“Wow,” Jackson said as he received his check. “This ain’t a bad day at all.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, one more $1 million top prize remains to be claimed in the 20X The Money game.
Since the lottery began, North Carolina has received more than $2.9 billion to support education programs. The lottery completed its seventh straight year of record sales and record earnings for the state on June 30, 2013, recording a 5.8 percent increase in sales and an estimated 4 percent increase in earnings.