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Two ENC men win $1 million lottery prizes

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The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Two men from eastern North Carolina are celebrating separate $1 million wins in the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Anthony Chavis of Greenville said he spent the weekend sleeping on a scratch-off ticket worth $1 million.

“Once I saw that I won I put it under my mattress,” Chavis said. “I figured if anyone was going to take the ticket, they’d have to go through me.”

The landscaper’s good fortune happened on Friday when he stopped at the Circle K on Arlington Boulevard in Greenville and bought a 100X The Cash scratch-off ticket.

“I saw the ‘1’ and thought, ‘Great I won a $100,’” Chavis said. “Then I saw the zeros. I was like, ‘Is this right? Let me go get my glasses.’ I put my glasses on and still couldn’t believe it.”

Chavis claimed his prize on Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $423,012.

“Wooh! It feels good,” Chavis said after receiving his check. He plans to use some of the money to buy a new home.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Jenkins of Hamilton celebrated Father’s Day with a $1 million lottery win.

“I couldn’t ask for a better Father’s Day,” said Jenkins, who has five children and five grandchildren. “It’s wonderful.”

His good fortune happened on Sunday when he stopped at the Duck Thru Food Store on South Front Street in Hamilton. He bought two Lucky No. 7 scratch-off tickets.

“I’ve scratched a lot of tickets,” Jenkins said. “But I’ve never scratched one like that.”

Jenkins claimed his prize on Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $423,009. He plans to use some of the money to take his wife traveling.

“I’m not sure where we’re going to go yet,” Jenkins said. “Now that we have the option to do it, I just know we’re going to go somewhere.”

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