Source: The Charlotte Observer

Wade Harmon says he won’t change, but one thing will for certain: his bank account. The Johnston County iron worker told N.C. Education Lottery officials that he would still be “the same old me,” as he collected his check in Raleigh, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Harmon picked up the ticket from the Big Boys store in Kenly and decided to scratch it off when he got home and started preparing dinner.

“I went home and fired up my grill, and I said, ‘Well, I might as well scratch my ticket,’” Harmon told lottery officials. “I looked down and I said, ‘Woah!’”

Harmon had the choice between $500,000 a year as an annuity over 20 years or for $6 million in a lump sum. He opted for the latter, netting just over $4.2 million after taxes.

“I’m thankful, I really am,” Harmon told the lottery officials. “I believe the Lord saved that for me. He had a reason for me to win this ticket. He’s got plans for me.” 

He plans to keep working for a little while longer and, after the coronavirus pandemic ends, he hopes to take the kids and their families on a cruise.
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