KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — He has always dreamed of winning big and that’s exactly what happened to a man from Kings Mountain.

Howard Welch III, has always said, “I plan to win the jackpot one day” and now he’s got the lucky ticket to prove it.

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Welch bought a $3 Quick Pick Powerball ticket from the 3 Point Market and Grill on Goforth Road in Kings Mountain. He said he buys a ticket when the jackpot reaches more than $100 million.

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However, he didn’t realize he won until several days later when he went to buy tickets for Saturday’s drawing.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the numbers,” he said.

“I kept thinking, ‘Is this real?’ I turned pale and started shaking I was so excited.”

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He even went back to the store and scanned his ticket to double check. After he heard the music he knew he was a winner!

He plans to get a new house and invest the rest of his money.

Welch took home $1,415,001 after state and federal taxes.