Horace Morrison, a forklift driver from Charlotte, told his co-workers that he would win $1 million in the state lottery “one of these days,” and that’s just what he did at a Cornelius convenience store recently.
Morrison bought the winning $30 Extreme Millions scratch-off ticket at the Circle K on Old Statesville Road after work, state lottery officials said Thursday. When he realized he won, he went right back to show his co-workers.
“I always told them one of these days I was going to win a million dollars,” Morrison told state lottery officials. “I had to show them. They couldn’t believe it when they saw the ticket.”
Morrison beat odds of 1 in 780,000.
Morrison claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum. After state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $417,015.
Morrison plans to remodel his home with the money.
“I bought the house back in 1968,” he told lottery officials. “I’m going to put in new windows, replace the kitchen floor and add some new doors.”