A LUCKY teenager has scooped a cool $1 million on a lottery scratchcard just two weeks after his grandfather predicted he would.
Dalton Radford was heading to his second job when he stopped at a local store to buy an energy drink and two scratchcards.
The 18-year-old, a public work employee, said: “I left work and was going to my second job.
“I stopped for a white Monster drink and two Carolina Jackpot tickets.”
Dalton said he realised he scooped a million when he checked the scratchcards in the store’s car park.
He told North Carolina Education Lottery: “I thought ‘Hey, I just won a million dollars’.
“I called my mom, dad, and grandpa. Everyone was happy.”
Dalton, from Dallas, North Carolina, US, bought the winning lottery card at Will’s Food Store III on Dallas High Shoals Highway, according to North Carolina Education Lottery.
Dalton said his grandfather predicted he would win $1 million on the lottery just two weeks before he bought the winning ticket.
He claimed his prize at the lottery company’s headquarters in Raleigh.
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North Carolina Education Lottery said Dalton could have taken a lump sum payment of $600,000 or an annual payment of $50,000 over 20 years.
The lottery company said the teen chose the lump sum option and took home $426,063 after tax withholdings.
Dalton said he plans to save most of his winnings, but will probably get himself a new vehicle first.
He added: “I think I’ll buy a brand-new [Chevrolet] Silverado.”
Last month, a North Carolina woman gave birth to a baby girl on the same day she scooped $100,000 on the lottery.
Brenda Gomez Hernandez, 28, had the day of her life on 9 November when she went into labour on the day of the Powerball draw and matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000
The prize doubled when the 2x Power Play multiplier hit.
After the required tax withholdings, she took home £52,904.
She collected her prize at the lottery headquarters on 30 November.
Brenda told North Carolina Education Lottery: “I feel like she brought me my luck, I’m so thankful.”
As it turns out, Brenda’s newborn was not her only child to influence the lottery win: “I have two sons and I used their birthdays to pick my numbers.”