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Raleigh man had a huge smile on his face after $1 million win

May 23, 2024 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:09 PM
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Raleigh resident Jalen McLean couldn’t help but smile after a $10 scratch-off ticket turned into a $1 million prize.

“I feel like the luckiest guy in the universe,” he said.

McLean, 18, gave his sister some money on Tuesday and told her to pick out a scratch-off for him. She chose a $10 Jumbo Bucks ticket from the Valero on South McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville. After she brought it back, she sat with him as he scratched off his ticket.

“He had a huge smile on his face,” his sister Dasha Silas recalled. “Like so big it looked like the movie character Venom.”

McLean, the youngest of five siblings, laughed when trying to articulate what the win means to him.

“How many 18-year-olds win something like this?” he said with a smile.

When McLean arrived at lottery headquarters Wednesday, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000.

McLean chose the annuity of $50,000 so for the next 19 years, until he is 38, he’ll get a check for $50,000 until the full $1 million prize is paid. He received the first of the 20 payments on Wednesday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $35,753.

McLean said he plans to use his winnings to buy an Audi.

Jumbo Bucks debuted in June with seven $1 million top prizes. Two $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.


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5/29/2024 10:28 - Tonetta P.

When it's for you it's for you, congratulations your sister has a great gift in knowing what to do,you were blessed through her because of who you are congratulations also to your sister ??

5/25/2024 08:08 - Roger K.

Congratulations young man! Taking the annuity is ok, but how long you think 35,753 will last you? May 2025 is a long way to go, before you get that next check. Need to start thinking wisely. Good luck! Invest some of it.

5/24/2024 12:20 - ANGELA W.

CONGRATULATIONS JALEN THATS AWESOME. SOOOOO PROUD AND HAPPY FOR UOU # YAYYYYYYY

5/24/2024 12:10 - Javier M.

congratulation God bless

5/24/2024 10:30 - audrey c.

Jalen, congratulations and you made a wise choice! Enjoy.

5/24/2024 08:40 - Terry M.

Congratulations Proud of you.

5/24/2024 08:32 - Greg F.

He should have taken Lump-sum and invested it! He could make $58,800 a year in a 9.8% state tax-free bond. $600,000 would be making him $$$$$$$$ for his Entire LIFE!

5/24/2024 07:56 - Henry T.

Lottery winning are not inheritable.

5/24/2024 06:37 - Kenny W.

Awesome

5/24/2024 01:14 - Kenneth A.

Smart young man taking the annuity that just gained you an extra $115,000

5/23/2024 10:44 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Jalen on your Winnings. Enjoy

5/23/2024 10:17 - gracie l.

nice

5/23/2024 09:35 - william j.

WOW don't forget to get sister her bmw..??

5/23/2024 09:01 - Ayana W.

I loved reading this!!!! Congrats

5/23/2024 06:22 - Tonya M.

Congratulations to Jaylen!

5/23/2024 05:00 - roberta n.

Congratulations Jalen and that at 18 years old, you made a wise decision. So proud of you.

5/23/2024 04:17 - Jeannette s.

Congratulations thats an awesome blessing

5/23/2024 03:20 - Lela J.

Congratulations

5/23/2024 03:15 - Steven B.

Family First,they will be there long after the $$$ is gone

5/23/2024 01:11 - wanda s.

Congratulation on your win

5/23/2024 01:00 - Kimberly F.

Congratulations I wish I could have won at 18 maybe my time will come with God anything is possible what a beautiful family you have

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