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Nurse working on frontlines against coronavirus wins $1M lottery

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Nurse working on frontlines against coronavirus wins $1M lottery (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (WKRC) – A nurse in North Carolina who has been on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 finally received some good news.

“I thought that it was a scam. I was a little upset actually!” said Terry Watkins in a press release. “I thought that it was not real, couldn’t be real. It’s still something that I really don’t believe, I’m still in some shock here.”

That was Watkins' reaction when she received a call informing her she had won $1 million.

Her entry was chosen from over 513,000 entries in the final $300,000,000 Supreme Riches second-chance drawing on Wednesday, according to the North Carolina Lottery website.

“I’m a nurse and I work in the COVID unit at a long-term care facility,” said Watkins. “Just seeing some of the things that I’ve had to see, I am very thankful. I had been praying for something to help me with this situation. It really is a great thing. I’m very blessed.”

Watkins chose the lump sum payout of $600,000 over the option of $50,000 payments for the next 20 years. She claimed her prize on Thursday, $424,500 after state and federal tax withholdings.

She said she hopes to use the money to buy a new house but she's going to be patient and think it through.