Officials with the N.C. Education Lottery say a Rowan County man is the first in the nation to win $3 million playing the new Mega Millions game.
Lottery officials say Everette Sloop Jr. of Rockwell bought a Quick Pick ticket, which matched all five white balls but not the Mega Ball in last Friday's drawing. Because he added the $1 Megaplier feature and the Megaplier in the drawing was 3X, the ticket was worth $3 million.
Sloop said he was sitting in his car on Saturday morning when he learned of his win.
After state and federal taxes, Sloop took home $2,040,000. He said he plans to use the money to buy a new house, a car for his mother and take care of his family.
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