Man Wins Jackpot Lottery And Opts To Give It All Away

Posted On : 11/30/2017

STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA — The odds are already stacked against you to win any lottery. However, what are the odds you’d win AND give it all away??

Note: People have their reasons for making their particular decisions in life. Philanthropy is a wonderful thing. It’s understandable to contribute a portion of your winnings to a worthy cause. But, all of it??

According to Charlotte Observer, Army veteran Terry McClelland plans to use his entire $250,000 lottery jackpot to help people battling substance abuse.

McClelland and his wife state they’ll use the proceeds from his scratch-off win to start a non-profit counseling center, which will focus on freeing people from addictions.

The source mentions this is his wife’s lifelong dream.

Coincidentally, McClelland’s wife is also named Terry. Currently, she’s pursuing her doctorate in psychology. The Charlotte Observer quotes the wife as follows.

“This is what I was put on this earth to do. It’s my calling. This is why I did all those years of college. There’s people out there that need something, and now we are going to be able to help and bless someone else.”


The Charlotte Observer says, on Saturday, Terry McClelland (husband) stopped at Speedway on Turnersburg Highway in Statesville to play the $250,000 Diamond Dazzler scratch-off.

According to the source, Terry beat a 1:1.2 million odds by winning the scratch-off. Terry mentions as follows.

“When I scratched that ticket, I couldn’t believe it. It’s still unbelievable.”

The man collected his winnings in Raleigh, on Monday. The source reports he took home $173,754, after state and federal tax withholdings.

Apparently, the scratch-off ticket costs $5, and it started in September. The source says there are only five top prizes of $250,000.

As of now, two top prizes remain to be claimed.

Note: Okay. So, at least they have a plan for the money. They’re essentially financing her start-up clinical center for drug abuse. Although it’s a non-profit organization, they’ll still have access to governmental subsidies and private investors. All in all, their decision was an investment. It makes more sense now.

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