North Carolina man wins $1M with Mega Millions lotto ticket

The North Carolina man plans to buy a house with his recent win, lottery officials said.

The North Carolina man plans to buy a house with his recent win, lottery officials said.

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When a North Carolina man asked his mother to check his lottery ticket, he wasn’t expecting her to return with such life-changing news, lottery officials said.

A trip to Sumner Food Mart and Hardware in Greensboro turned valuable for William Coble, who decided to grab a $2 Quick Pick ticket, according to a Nov. 28 North Carolina Education Lottery news release. He buys tickets every couple of days, he told lottery officials.

“This time it paid off,” he said in the release.

Coble asked his mother to check on his ticket online to see if he had won anything, lottery officials said. When she looked up his ticket, she had big news to deliver.

“Don’t get too excited but I think you won a million dollars,” his mother said, per Coble’s retelling in the release. He had matched all five white balls on his lottery ticker for the Nov. 17 drawing, according to lottery officials.

After cashing out $712,501 after taxes, Coble plans to fulfill his dream of finally buying a house, he told lottery officials.

“I’ve been saving for a while but I can finally do it now,” he said in the release. “I would like to buy one in the Greensboro area.”

North Carolina lottery officials originally put out a Nov. 18 call-out looking for the lucky $1 million winner — which was Coble — who didn’t claim the prize at the time.

Another player struck big a day later, winning a $1 million Powerball prize. The man who won, Lloyd Armstrong, bought his ticket in Tyrrell County, which is about 150 miles east of Raleigh.

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

Makiya Seminera is a national real-time reporter for McClatchy News. She graduated from the University of Florida in May 2023. She previously was a politics reporting intern at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and The State in Columbia, South Carolina. She also served as editor-in-chief of UF’s student-run newspaper The Independent Florida Alligator in 2022.

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