The whole point of being a grandparent is to spoil your grandchildren and that's what a North Carolina lottery winner plans to do with his millions.
Theodore Duncan, a 52-year-old machine mechanic from Oxford could not believe his luck when a Colossal Cash scratch-off ticket he bought at the Berea Mini Mart on U.S. 158 West in Oxford turned out to be a $10 million lottery prize.
"I'm 52, and now that I've won this, I can finally stop working," said Duncan. "I'm going to retire and get a brand new three-bedroom house with a big pool. I'm also going to use some of the money to spoil my 12 grandkids."
"When I saw the money symbol I knew I won something," Duncan said. "When I scratched off the prize I couldn't believe it. I was so shocked I couldn't drive. I said, 'I won, I won, I won. I panicked, I just looked down at it. I had to call my brother to come get me."
Duncan N.C. collected his prize at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday, taking home a lump sum of $4,245,009 after required state and federal tax withholdings.
When asked if he would be quitting his job Duncan said: "I have been working since I was 15, someone out there needs a job. I was blessed. It is a great company."
As well as showering his grandchildren with gifts Duncan plans to purchase his dream house and donate $100,000 of his money to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Collecting his check Duncan summed up what it feels like to win millions on the lottery. "I always told people that one day I'd hit the lottery. Today's that day. It feels so good."