GASTON COUNTY, NC — Retirement looks to be that much sweeter for an Army veteran in North Carolina who recently scored a $1 million lottery win, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Allen Holderby, who served in the Army for 13 years, recently bought a $2,500 Frenzy scratch-off ticket at a gas station in Charlotte.
“I started shaking. My wife didn’t believe me either. When I called to tell her, she called me a liar,” Holderby said.
Holderby claimed the prize on Thursday and decided to take a $600,000 lump sum. The veteran could have taken 20 payments of $50,000 a year.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $417,009.
Holderby is the first player to win a top prize since $2,500 Frenzy launched this month. Three top prizes remain.