ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. – Everette Sloop Jr of Rockwell in Rowan County won $3 million playing Mega Millions.
It was a Quick Pick ticket that helped Sloop match all five white balls, and because he added the $1 Megaplier feature, his winning ticket was worth three times the original winning amount.
He beat the odds of winning -- one in 18.4 million.
“I walked out to the car to call the lottery hotline because I don’t get very good reception inside the house,” Sloop said. “I listened to the numbers and just sat there. I called five times just to make sure I had really won,” he said to lottery officials.
Sloop plans to use his winnings, worth $2,040,000 after state and federal taxes were withheld, to purchase a new house, a car for his mother and take care of his family.
He purchased the lucky ticket at the Kangaroo Express on East Main Street.
“I have the best family anyone could ask for,” Sloop said. “It feels great to be able to take care of them. I’m going to start a college fund for my children. This is just wonderful.”
Sloop’s ticket was just one gold Mega Ball away from winning the jackpot, officials said.
Because no ticket sold nationwide matched all six numbers, the jackpot has grown to a $205 million annuity for Tuesday’s drawing.