STATE: Second chance gives Lincoln County man a ‘life-changing’ $1 million

Published 1:36 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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RALEIGH – Daniel Jenkins of Lincolnton said the $1 million prize he won in a second-chance drawing would be life changing for him.

Jenkins, a 44-year-old construction worker, won the top prize in the Jan. 5 Millionaire Maker second-chance drawing.

“I still don’t believe it’s really true,” Jenkins said. “For me, this is life changing.”

Jenkins said he was shocked when he saw the notification.

“It really is a blessing,” he said.

When Jenkins arrived at lottery headquarters Monday, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump-sum amount of $600,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $426,060.

Jenkins said he would like to buy a new Kia Telluride and possibly build a new house, too.

His win occurred in the second of three drawings in the Millionaire Maker second-chance promotion and his entry was picked from more than 1.4 million entries.

Players get a second chance with their Millionaire Maker tickets by scanning them into their lottery accounts where they are automatically entered into the next drawing. Each drawing offers a $1 million prize, a $100,000 prize, and 20 $500 prizes. The date of the third and final drawing has not yet been set.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million a year for education. For details on how $4.8 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Lincoln County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.