Apr 21, 2015, 9:27 am
By Todd Northrop
A Lexington, North Carolina, man who won a $377,241 lottery jackpot said he plans to buy his wife a Corvette convertible.
Michael Scarlett matched all five numbers in the April 16 Carlina Cash 5 drawing, according to lottery officials. He played a Quick Pick, meaning he allowed the lottery terminal to randomly assign his ticket numbers.
Scarlett learned of his big win when he checked his numbers on the lottery's website on Friday morning. He paints cars for Richard Childress Racing.
"I still didn't believe it so I took the ticket back to where I bought it," Scarlett said. "The clerk scanned it and then started getting excited. She told me I had won big and that I needed to sign the ticket. It still hasn't hit me, really."
Scarlett told lottery officials he would be purchasing his wife a Corvette convertible with the winnings. The latest generation C7 Corvette Stingray is currently the hottest sports car in America, with prices starting at $55,000, climbing to over $100,000 for a fully-loaded Z06 model.
Scarlett bought the winning ticket at the Welcome Exxon 1-Stop on Old U.S. 52 in Welcome, beating odds of 1 in 575,757.
He collected a check for $261,239 after state and federal taxes were withheld.
"I'm going to keep working, but this win will help us a lot," Scarlett said as he collected his winnings. "This feels wonderful."
The jackpot for the Tuesday, April 21 Cash 5 drawing is $183,000.
Scarlett had one of two tickets that matched all five numbers in the April 16 drawing to split the $754,482 jackpot. The second $377,241 prize, which has not been claimed, was won on a ticket sold at Kingsway on Chapel Grove School Road in Gastonia.
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