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Cumberland County man wins $10M in lottery

Posted January 2, 2019 10:36 a.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2019 3:57 p.m. EST

Demetrius Underwood

An Eastover man is the first person to win $10 million in the NC Education Lottery’s Colossal Cash game.

Demetrius Underwood bought his winning scratch-off ticket Saturday at the EPCO 3 Way Food Mart on Dunn Road, where he stopped to buy a Powerade.

Underwood said he typically buys the 13th ticket on a roll, but this time he also bought the 14th.

He didn’t win anything on the first ticket, but his second was a winner.

“I jumped out of the car and started yelling for my wife,” Underwood said in a press release. “We just didn’t believe it. We were speechless.”

Underwood chose to take a lump sum of $4.2 million instead of $10 million over 20 years.

He said he plans to use the money to pay off his mortgage and his wife’s student loans.

“It’s a dream come true to be debt free,” Underwood said. “It’s a huge blessing.”