Cleveland County Man Cried Happy Tears After Winning $3M

RALEIGH – John Turner of Shelby became overcome with emotion after discovering his $30 scratch-off purchase turned into a $3 million win.

“I started bawling,” Turner said. “It was a happy cry though.”

Turner, 47, bought his Fabulous Fortune ticket from the Kangaroo Express on Mallard Creek Road in Charlotte. After scratching the ticket outside in the parking lot, he said he initially had a hard time processing what just happened.

“My mind was going like 100 miles per hour,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve done it. I finally hit the big one.’”

When Turner arrived at lottery headquarters Friday to collect his prize, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $150,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.8 million. He chose the lump-sum amount of $1.8 million and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $1,282,509.

Turner said he plans to pay off his car, share some money with his family, and invest the rest.

Fabulous Fortune debuted in July with six $3 million prizes and 18 $100,000 prizes. Since Turner claimed the last $3 million prize, the lottery will begin the process of ending the game.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. Cleveland County received $22.8 million in grants, using funds raised by the lottery, to help with school construction. For details on other ways money raised by the lottery made a difference in Cleveland County last year, visit and click on the “Impact” section.

Nc 842 640x480