RALEIGH — A parking lot attendant from Wilmington said he confirmed Wednesday’s winning lottery numbers four or five times before calling his family and “crying tears of joy.”
Terry Wallington won $1 million in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. He was on the job Thursday when he checked his ticket against the winning numbers. Wallington had hit five of the five winning numbers,but missed the bonus number.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Wallington said, referring to the traditional “big check” lottery winners pose with when they collect their winnings. “Nothing like that, except on TV.”
Wallington bought a quick pick ticket at a Market Street BP gas station. His odds of winning were one in 11.7 million, according to a lottery press release. After federal and state tax withholdings, he received $692,500.
Wallington said he planned to help his family, his brother and sister, and donate to a good cause. He said he might trade up from his 1998 Ford Crown Victoria to a used Cadillac. Otherwise, he said, he had no big plans.
“I’m not into trips and I am not into splurging,” Wallington said. “I really don’t need anything. I’m content.”
Without a big prize winner, the next jackpot on Saturday will be around $50 million, or roughly $36 million after taxes.