A Vietnam War veteran and retired postal service worker from Greensboro, North Carolina, said he's "been praising the Lord" after he won a nearly $1 million lottery prize Wednesday.
In a unique lottery game called the Bigger Spin, the North Carolina Education Lottery said the Triad man, Truman Caddell, spun a giant prize wheel at a live event and won $900,000.
A Durham cook, Seima Garcia, taking her turn, also landed on a $400,000 prize.
The two North Carolinians got their chance to take a turn at the prize wheel as part of the $10 Bigger Spin game.
They arrived at the Bigger Spin Live set Wednesday guaranteed to take home at least $400,000.
The pair stood center stage during the event to take their spin for $2 million, a prize four times bigger than the one offered two years ago in the Big Spin game.
Caddell was first at the wheel. His good luck started when he purchased his Bigger Spin scratch-off ticket during a late-night grocery run.
“I love the game,” said Caddell, who served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. “It’s interesting and it’s fun. Out of all the tickets I play, I get excited about this ticket. I’ve been praising the Lord. Hallelujah!”
After waiting some long, nerve-racking seconds for the oversized prize wheel to stop, Caddell was happy to land on a $900,000 prize.
“I feel so blessed,” Caddell said. “My eyes were on the $2 million. I didn’t know how many times the $2 million was on there. After the first time, I was like, ‘I would be happy with anything.’ It was just an exciting moment. That wheel is exciting.”
After required state and federal tax withholdings, Caddell took home $637,015.
Caddell said he first plans to donate 10% of his winnings to his church, after that, he will pay off the mortgage on his condo and perhaps buy a new house.
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Garcia stepped up to the giant prize wheel next. She took a deep breath and gave the wheel a hard spin.
When the wheel finally landed on $400,000, her emotions ran high. “Excited, super excited,” Garcia said. “My mom is going to freak out.”
Garcia got her chance at the wheel with a lucky ticket she purchased in Durham. After required state and federal tax withholdings she took home $283,265.
Not only will Garcia’s win afford her the opportunity to return to school, but she is thankful that her daughter can follow down the same path.
“I have a sense of peace that my daughter can go to school too,” she said.