A truck driver from Rocky Mount has become the second person to win the state’s largest lottery scratch-off ticket jackpot, with a face value of $10 million.
David Harris will get considerably less than that – $4.1 million – after choosing a lump sum payout and after paying his state and federal taxes. Harris claimed his prize at lottery headquarters Monday.
Harris is the second player to win the Ultimate Millions scratch-off game; a roofer and handyman from Lexington and his wife won the first jackpot in September. There are two more $10 million jackpots and eleven $1 million prizes left. Tickets cost $30, and the chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.9 million.
Winners of the top prize can opt to receive $500,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $6 million before taxes. Harris sought financial and legal advice before opting for the lump sum, according to lottery officials.
Harris said he was shocked when he scratched off the winning ticket while sitting in his truck on April 29. “I was smoking a cigarette at the time, and it fell out of my mouth,” he told lottery officials. He says he wants to use some of the money to buy his own truck and go to Hawaii.