$1 Million Phone Call Changes Stokes County Man's Life

STOKES COUNTY, NC - A King man got a life-changing phone call when he learned he won $1 million in the North Carolina Education Lottery. 

Eddie Nations, a retired industrial mechanic didn't know what to do when Alice Garland, executive director of the NC Education lottery, called him on Jan. 5 to tell him the good news.  

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“I started crying and shaking,” said Eddie, a retired industrial mechanic. “I never thought I’d win something like this.”  

Eddie's grand prize entry was chosen out of 1,395,919 tickets. 

Eddie had the choice of taking a $1 million annuity for 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum. After taxes, he took home $417,006. 

After he got the check, Eddie's wife of 35 years was first to know.

“I joked with her and told her, ‘After all these years, I bet you never thought you’d be married to a millionaire did you?”’ Nations said. “It looks like we can get the new truck you want.” 

Extreme Millions launched in December 2016 with four top prizes of $10 million and 22 prizes of $1 million. Two top prizes and 11 $1 million prizes remain.

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