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!

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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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