A truck driver with a big heart from Burlington, North Carolina now plans on using his big lottery win to help out some of his family members.
Trucker Howard Poole won the $10 million lottery prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release on June 24.
Poole got the winning ticket at the Sandy Cross Mart 2 on N.C.49 in Burlington when he went in to collect a $20 scratch-off prize and decided to try again with a $30 ticket.
I saw the numbers matching,” Poole said according to the release, “and I was excited.”
Poole had the option of collecting the top prize in the $10,000,000 Colossal Cash game as an annuity of $500,000 a year over 20 years or taking a lump sum of $6 million.
Poole chose the lump sum of $6 million and after state and federal tax withholdings received the final sum of $4,245,009.
Poole said he wanted to use his winnings to help his family members, which included buying his mother a new home and helping a brother who has cancer.
“I’ll get to me later,” he said. “I try to not let money stuff change me. I want to stay the same.”