Navy corpsman snags $1 million lottery ticket at Richlands store

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Navy corpsman won a $1 million prize after be bought a scratch-off ticket in Richlands.

Michael Strong, who currently calls Waianae, Hawaii home, was in Richlands doing work on his home and took a break.

He went to the Scotchman on South Wilmington Street and try his luck at the $150 Million Cash Explosion game.

"I decided to play this game because $20 tickets are my lucky tickets," said Strong. "I always win when I play them. I've won 26 out of the last 27 $20 tickets I bought."

Strong claimed his prize Thursday in Raleigh. He decided to take a lump sum payment of $600,000, and after withholding taxes, the corpsman took home $424,506.

Strong plans to invest his winnings and pay off bills.