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.

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