North Carolina man surprised by $1 million dollar lottery win: ‘I started hyperventilating’

Published 12:09 pm Monday, August 28, 2023

A North Carolina man scored a million-dollar win on a Mega Millions ticket earlier this month, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

David Morris, of Pineville, asked his children to choose his lottery numbers, a decision that won him a $1 million Mega Millions prize in the August 1 drawing. His lucky win came as he played for the fourth-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever.

Morris said he doesn’t typically play Mega Millions but decided to go for it when he saw the big jackpot. He got the winning numbers from one of his sons. He discovered his good luck after he heard the $1 million ticket was bought in Pineville and that no one had claimed the prize.

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“I started hyperventilating,” he laughed. “I called my wife at work and told her to come home right away.”

Morris matched numbers on all five white balls to win $1 million. He bought the lucky ticket from the 7-Eleven on South Polk Street in Pineville. He claimed his prize at lottery headquarters and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $712,501.

“We want to buy some land up in the Smoky Mountains where my wife is from,” Morris said.

“It’s great to see a $1 million Mega Millions winner like David here in North Carolina,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery.

For details on how money raised by the lottery made a difference across the state last year, go to and click on the “Impact” section.