Raleigh, NC-- Two people in the Triad are starting off the new year with extra money to spend, save or both.
That's because each person claimed their $1 million win from the North Carolina Education Lottery on Monday.
Who are they? A security guard from Winston-Salem and a factory worker from Asheboro. Both players matched all five white balls but not the red Powerball to win the $1 million prize.
Meet Mike Conrad, the security guard. Conrad told lottery officials he was reading the newspaper when he compared his Powerball numbers to those drawn in the Jan. 23 drawing.
"I realized I had five white balls and no red ball," Conrad recalled. "I couldn't remember if it was $200,000 or $1 million."
He later confirmed his ticket was worth $1 million. Conrad said he plans to invest his winnings wisely. He met with his tax preparer Monday morning and plans to talk with a financial adviser. Immediate plans are to make home repairs and pay off medical bills.
And yes, Conrad said he will continue to play Powerball. He purchased his winning ticket at the Harris Teeter on Clemmons Road in Clemmons.
The other million dollar winner... meet Terry Gray of Asheboro. Gray said he plans to use his money to save towards his retirement.
"I pulled up the numbers on the computer and said to my wife 'That's a million dollars'," Gray said. "I had to look at it a few times. It's just luck, that's all I can tell you. It feels really good."
He purchased his winning ticket at Kelly's 49 on Old N.C. 49 in Denton.
Source: NC Educaton Lottery (NCEL)