NC Lottery: Travis Archible says finding $1 million prize was ‘awesome’

NC Lottery: Travis Archible says finding $1 million prize was ‘awesome’

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Travis Archible of Smithfield hopes his $1 million prize will allow him to invest in himself, his business and his future.

“I was on my lunch break and I was pressed for time like always,” he recalled.  “I went to get something to eat and I stopped but they didn’t have that particular ticket in the machine, so I thought, ‘I’ll just zip into that little store down the road on the way back to work.’”

Archible purchased his $30 Millionaire Maker ticket from the Variety Pic-Up on N.C. 97 in Wendell.

“Got back to work and scratched it and saw the prize,” he said.  “I was so excited.”

Archible, who works as a forklift operator, claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

He had the option of taking the $1 million as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000.  Archible chose the annuity and, after state and federal tax withholdings, walked away with his first payment of $35,384.

“After I scratched it, it was awesome,” he said.  “I’m going to get that business running to where I can eventually stop working for somebody else and work for myself.”

Millionaire Maker is the first scratch-off to offer 30 $1 million prizes.  Archible became the second person to win one of those $1 million prizes.

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