North Carolina caregiver to use million dollar prize money to pay off daughter’s student loans


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CHERRYVILLE, NC (WGHP) – After leaving work on Tuesday, “something” told Selena Wallace to stop and take a chance on a lottery ticket. This ticket earned him the last $ 1 million North Carolina Lottery Holiday Countdown Prize.

Wallace, a personal care assistant, bought her winning $ 20 ticket at Murphy USA on Lincolnton Highway in Cherryville.

“It was like something was telling me to go buy a ticket,” Wallace said. “I got the ticket and put it in my purse.”

When he got home, Wallace began to cook dinner, his “famous Chicken Alfredo,” and remembered his ticket.

“I started scratching the ticket and saw two holidays and he had $ 1 million,” she said. “I kept looking and said, ‘No, that doesn’t look right to me.’ I felt like I was having a heart attack! I just couldn’t believe it.

Wallace claimed his prize on Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She had the choice of taking the million dollars in the form of an annuity of 20 payments of $ 50,000 per year or a lump sum of $ 600,000.

She chose the lump sum and won $ 424,506 after withholding taxes demanded by state and federal government.

“I am able to repay my daughter’s student loans,” Wallace said of his plans for the cash prize. “It was one of the main things that worried me.”

Wallace also plans to use her earnings to care for her parents and buy a new home for herself. The rest, she said, will go to savings. The holiday countdown kicked off this month with three prizes of $ 1 million. Wallace won the first final prize.

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