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Burke County man says $1 million win is ‘indescribable’

September 18, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:18 PM

Clayton Cook of Hickory was heading to his grandmother’s house for Monday night dinner when he stopped to try his luck on a $30 ticket and won himself a $1 million top prize. “

\It’s indescribable, really,” said Cook of his big win.

While stopping for gas at Advent Grocery on Old Shelby Road in Hickory, he bought a few scratch-offs, including a $10,000,000 Colossal Cash ticket.

“I got to my grandma’s and was scratching them off and it wasn’t looking so good,” recalled Cook. “I hadn’t won anything until I came to my last ticket.”

Just as he was about to start scratching, Cook’s grandma walked in the room.

“I was on the second line of the last ticket and I kept on scratching,” said Cook. “There was just about a minute of silence and about that time I looked right at her and I said, ‘Grandma, I just won $1 million.’ She said, ‘Oh my Lord!’ and gave me a big hug.”

Cook claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking the $1 million as an annuity of 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He opted for the lump sum and took home $424,509 after required state and federal tax withholdings.

“I’ve been wanting to start a business with my brother,” said Cook. “So that might be one of the things that I invest in.” Cook is also expecting his first child in February and said his prize money will help prepare for the baby.

The $10,000,000 Colossal Cash game launched in August 2018 with four top prizes of $10 million and 16 $1 million prizes. One $10 million top prize and three $1 million prizes remain to be won.


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10/06/2020 08:02 - Joel A.

@ncel - I want to make sure I save your numbers and answer when you call someday. What is the phone number(s) you dial out of to notify winners of online plays or 2nd chance drawings? NC Lottery
Hey Joel, The phone number used to notify big winners will vary depending on who from our prize team is placing the call. However, if you're unsure if a call is legitimate, you can always call us back at our main number to confirm. We also send winners an email notifying them of their big win and will send a certified letter if we need to, so as long as your contact info is up to date, there's no need to worry about missing our communications.

9/27/2020 05:52 - Charles H.

Another big win in Burke county, something is seriously wrong with this picture.

9/21/2020 09:07 - Kayla S.

So happy for you!!! Spend it wisely lol

9/20/2020 11:56 - Chinetta W.

That’s awesome what a blessing!

9/20/2020 08:26 - Berry B.

WTG C C,i am very glad to see somebody winning,i used to but theses tickets,they are $$ eater!!

9/19/2020 10:36 - Louis A.


9/19/2020 09:20 - Sheila I.

One of my favorite games. Congrats

9/19/2020 06:52 - Carnellia O.

Congratulations on your win!!! I'm hoping to to have my story up here one day!!!

9/19/2020 12:05 - vanessa b.


9/18/2020 09:24 - Billy R.


9/18/2020 08:06 - Danilo T.

Congratulations Clayton

9/18/2020 04:11 - DL H.

Awe Clayton. Love that you eat dinner with your grandmother. Priceless! Enjoy the win and spoil your grandmother :-). Loved her response to your win

9/18/2020 03:58 - ray h n.


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