Justin Pierce (Photo: NCEL)
RALEIGH, N.C.-- Sunday, was a Triad man's lucky day. Justin Pierce of
Jamestown won $1 million playing a North Carolina Education Lottery scratch-off game.
told lottery officials that he bought the $10 instant ticket at the Quick Mart on West Main Street. "When the clerk scanned the ticket, she
said 'Merry Christmas to you.' It's a lot of money and I honestly still don't
feel like it's real", Pierce said.
winners in the Maximum Green game can elect to receive annual payments of $50,000
for 20 years or take a lump sum cash option of $600,000. Pierce chose the cash
option and received a check for $408,003 after state and federal taxes were
to open up 'Justin Pierce Designs,' a graphics and signage company," Pierce
said as he collected his winnings.
Also on his planning calendar is a nice vacation and Pierce said he will help his family and invest some of the money.