Retired Marine to use lottery winnings to honor dead son
Posted November 5, 2020 1:59 p.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2020 3:52 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — A retired Marine said he plans to use a $10 million lottery prize to keep his son’s memory alive by giving back to his community and helping a foundation that supported his family in their time of need.
MSG Alvin Mack II, of Jacksonville, retired in May after 20 years in the Marine Corps, and his 19-year-old son, Alvin Mack III, who served in the Air Force Honor Guard at Arlington Cemetery, died around the same time.
“He was my only son, and he meant so much to me,” Mack said. “I’ve always been a believer of luck, but in this case, I just felt like it was a little bit more than that."
He recently bought a $30 Supreme Riches ticket from the Publix on Marlin Drive in Jacksonville. The $300,000,000 Supreme Riches game launched in April 2019 with four top prizes of $10 million, six prizes of $1 million and 15 $100,000 prizes.
Mack's ticket was the final $10 million winner. He chose to take the $6 million lump-sum payment rather than payments of $500,000 a year over 20 years. After taxes, he took home almost $4.25 million.
"I have a tribute room dedicated to my son, and I sat with him last night and I just told him, 'Is there anything you want me to do? And I’ll do it,’” he said. “I believe this is truly a blessing from my son."
“When I got the word of my son’s passing, I wasn’t financially stable enough to pick up all the costs that were involved,” he added. “The Fisher House Foundation donated housing for me and my family to stay during that time. My plan for this money is to donate to the Fisher House Foundation and continue to help others as I can, in my son’s name.”
Mack said he and his wife also hope to start a scholarship fund for student-athletes to honor their son, who was a former football quarterback in high school.