Expectant father celebrates $1m scratch off win

25th September 2020 10:42am

Newborn baby essentials don't come cheap so a $1 million lottery win has come just in time for an expectant father from North Carolina.

First-time father to be, Clayton Cook, of Hickory, was on his way to visit his grandmother when he decided to try his luck on scratch-off tickets and promptly won $1 million.

"I was on the second line of the last ticket and I kept on scratching," Cook said. "There was just about a minute of silence, and about that time I looked right at her and I said, 'Grandma, I just won $1 million!'"

The winning ticket was a $10,000,000 Colossal Cash scratch-off that Cook purchased for $30 from Advent Grocery on Old Shelby Road in Hickory.

"It's indescribable really," Cook told the North Carolina Education Lottery when collecting his prize. He opted for taking a lump sum of $600,000 over an annuity of 20 payments of $50,000 a year and received $424,509 in cash.

Excited about the reality of the new life that’s on the way in February, Cook plans to put money away for all those baby essentials and go into business with his brother. 

"I've been wanting to start a business with my brother," Cook went on to say. "So that might be one of the things that I invest in."

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