Nurse Working On COVID-19 Frontlines Wins $1 Million Lottery Jackpot

A North Carolina nurse who works with coronavirus patients at a long-term care facility was recently stunned to discover she'd won an incredible $1 million lottery jackpot.

According to a press release, Terri Watkins of Durham, NC, hit it big in the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches second-chance drawing when her entry was chosen out of more than 513,000.

When Watkins entered the draw, she figured there was no chance she would win.

So when she got a phone call saying she had won, she figured it must have been a prank.

“I thought that it was a scam. I was a little upset actually," she recalled, as per the release. “I thought that it was not real, couldn’t be real. It’s still something that I really don’t believe, I’m still in some shock here.”

Watkins works in the COVID unit at a long-term care facility in Durham.

Unsplash | Mika Baumeister

“Just seeing some of the things that I’ve had to see, I am very thankful," she said. "I had been praying for something to help me with this situation. It really is a great thing. I’m very blessed.”

Watkins had the option to either take a lump sum of $424,500 cash — the amount the $1 million winner gets after taxes — or she could opt to receive 20 payments of $50,000 a year. She decided to take home the cash.

After collecting her winnings, Watkins said she's still considering how she'll spend the money, but won't make any rash purchases.

“I’m just gonna take it slow and easy and figure out what I’m gonna do,” she said in the release. “I would love a new home, but I’ve just got to take time and put it in the right place.”

h/t: NC Education Lottery