Nurse working in Covid-19 unit wins $1 million in lottery!

Durham, North Carolina - A North Carolina nurse who works in a Covid-19 unit couldn’t believe it when she got a call from N.C. Education Lottery. Did she really just win a $1 million lottery jackpot?

The nurse from North Carolina received $424,500 in cash after a lucky draw (stock image).
The nurse from North Carolina received $424,500 in cash after a lucky draw (stock image).  © imago images / Panthermedia

As The News & Observer reported, nurse Terri Watkins entered the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches second-chance drawing but didn't think for a moment that she would win.

After all, she was competing with more than 513,000. But then came the call from the State Education Lottery.

They called to congratulate her: she had just won $1 million in a second-chance drawing!

The nurse was skeptical at first, thinking there was no way she was the lucky one.

"I thought that it was not real, couldn’t be real," Watkins said in a press release published Monday. "It’s still something that I really don’t believe, I’m still in some shock here." She chose to get her prize money in cash and kept $424,500 after taxes, officials said.

"I’m a nurse and I work in the Covid unit at a long-term care facility. 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 hasn't quite decided yet what she'll do with the money. While she said, a new home would be great, she plans to "take time and put it in the right place."

Cover photo: imago images / Panthermedia

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