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Delicious cheeseburger nets North Carolina man a $1 million lottery prize

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Cheeseburgers and winning lottery tickets — name a more iconic duo

By Kate Northrop

WILLOW SPRING, N.C. — A tasty meal came with a scrumptious surprise worth a mouthwatering $1 million when a North Carolina player treated himself and his best friend to lunch on Wednesday.

Kevin Poole of Franklinville decided to buy his friend a meal at a local grill this week, and after topping it off with a $1 million win from a scratch-off game, he likely had no problem fronting the check.

"The electrician I work with bought me lunch yesterday," Poole told the North Carolina Lottery. "I told him, 'Since you bought mine yesterday, I'll buy yours today.'"

While they were at Don Lee's Grocery and Grill on N.C. 50 in Willow Spring to grab a bite, Poole picked out a "$10,000,000 Colossal Cash" scratch-off ticket for $30.

"They got really good cheeseburgers," the lucky customer said. "After I finished eating my cheeseburger and onion rings, I scratched it."

It was a delectable way to end a savory meal. After scanning his ticket with the Lottery's mobile app, he was instructed to visit Lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

That same day, he claimed his prize as a lump sum of $600,000 rather than a $1 million annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, taking home $424,509 after federal and state taxes.

"I'm over excited now!" Poole exclaimed while collecting his winnings. "I'm building a house, and I'd like to buy more land. I want to build a motocross track for my sons to ride on."

Now that Poole claimed his prize, there are four out of 24 second prizes of $1 million left in the "$10,000,000 Colossal Cash" game. There is just one top prize of $10 million remaining out of the six originally available at the game's launch in August 2018, as well as six out of 30 third prizes of $50,000 left.

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Bronx ny
United States
Member #158510
August 25, 2014
755 Posts

Wow you win a million, you get 400 k the lottery gets 600 k. Look who's the big winner!

    Gallatin Tennesee
    United States
    Member #194096
    November 29, 2018
    82 Posts

    Wow you win a million, you get 400 k the lottery gets 600 k. Look who's the big winner!

     I see your point, losing 40% of your jackpot before taxes just because you don't want to wait 20 years to get all your money seems a little weird when you think about it. Congratulations to Mr. Poole. That was $30 well spent.

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      United States
      Member #136773
      December 18, 2012
      36 Posts

      Wow you win a million, you get 400 k the lottery gets 600 k. Look who's the big winner!

      Yes, the lottery and taxes get a share of 600K and the winner gets around 400K because the winner like most winners want the lump sum for these reasons:

      Who knows if I will be around in 20 or 30 years to collect the annuity

      The state might go bankrupt in that time I will not get my money

      I don't care if the lottery and taxes take half my winning because it is more than I had in the first place

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        White Shores- California
        United States
        Member #136471
        December 12, 2012
        6719 Posts

        ..so, Rcb- was that you that made off with the $1,000,000 last night? Cool.... You lucky dog!

         * Voice of Reason *   

        * The Truth Hurts *

        People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

          united states
          United States
          Member #212945
          January 21, 2021
          75 Posts

          Congrats to the winner !  Now I'm hungry and wanting a cheeseburger...LOL

            New Member
            United States
            Member #217320
            September 4, 2021
            1 Posts

            That's awesome, congratulations to him!

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              Corona, California
              United States
              Member #217464
              September 11, 2021
              9 Posts

              Hey buddy, would you like to come over and grab some lunch tomorrow? I was thinking we could go out and get a cheeseburger or something, my treat ....


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                Dr.President Elect
                United States
                Member #81738
                October 28, 2009
                89573 Posts

                Congrats Kevin, enjoy the cash and cheeseburgers.

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                  United States
                  Member #55887
                  October 23, 2007
                  11814 Posts

                  ..so, Rcb- was that you that made off with the $1,000,000 last night? Cool.... You lucky dog!

                  Not me. Ticket was bought south of Fort Worth. I-35 is a mess with construction. I buy local.

                  CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                  A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)