A Burgaw Navy veteran won $1 million in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions lottery drawing.
According to a news release from the N.C. Education Lottery, Charlie Thur claimed his winnings in Raleigh less than 12 hours after the drawing. Thur said he plans to pay off his mortgage, share money with his family and donate money to his church and the Wounded Warriors Project.
Thur, who served for 20 years in the military, was watching television at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the winning numbers from the night before appeared on the broadcast. Thur’s ticket matched all five white balls, but not the gold Mega Ball, beating odds of 1 in 18.5 million, according to the news release.
“I knew I’d won something. I just didn’t know how much,” Thur said.
Thur took his ticket back to the store where he purchased it, the Food Lion on U.S. 117 North Bypass in Burgaw, and asked the clerk to scan his ticket.
“The terminal made a funny sound,” he said. “They told me I had to go to Raleigh.”
After required state and federal withholdings, Thur received a check for $692,500. He said he will share some of his winnings with his two daughters and establish college funds for his two granddaughters.
The $1 million prize was the largest Mega Millions jackpot won in North Carolina, according to the news release. In February, a 26-year-old Shallotte woman won the Powerball jackpot of $188 million.
Ticket sales made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $500 million for the state last year. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.