Retired Marine Master Sergeant Alvin Mack II of Jacksonville plans to use a $10 million lottery prize to keep his son’s memory alive by giving back to his community and helping a foundation that supported his family in their time of need.
Back in May of this year, Mack retired from the military. That same month, he also lost his 19-year-old son, Alvin Mack III, who served in the Air Force Honor Guard at Arlington Cemetery.
“He was my only son and he meant so much to me,” he said. “I’ve always been a believer of luck, but in this case, I just felt like it was a little bit more than that.”
Mack, who served in the Marine Corps for 20 years, purchased his winning $30 Supreme Riches ticket from the Publix on Marlin Drive in Jacksonville.
“I have a tribute room dedicated to my son and I sat with him last night and I just told him, ‘Is there anything you want me to do? And I’ll do it,’” recalled Mack. “I believe this is truly a blessing from my son.”
When Mack claimed his prize, he had the choice of taking a $10 million annuity that has 20 payments of $500,000 a year or a lump sum of $6 million. Mack chose the lump sum and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $4,245,009.
“When I got the word of my son’s passing, I wasn’t financially stable enough to pick up all the costs that were involved,” said Mack. “The Fisher House Foundation donated housing for me and my family to stay during that time. My plan for this money is to donate to the Fisher House Foundation and continue to help others as I can, in my son’s name.”
Mack and his wife also hope to start a scholarship fund for student-athletes to honor their son, who was a former football quarterback in high school.
The $300,000,000 Supreme Riches game launched in April 2019 with four top prizes of $10 million, six prizes of $1 million, and 15 $100,000 prizes. Mack won the last top prize so the lottery will begin steps to end the game.
Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education. For details on how $11.6 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Onslow County in 2019, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.