Savvas bought a $400,000 Bonus Cash ticket for $5 and scratched of the big prize.
“I flipped out,” Savvas said. “I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was dreaming. I had to look at the ticket 50 or 60 times.”
He drove to the lottery headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, and claimed his prize. The lottery website said he took home $276,067 after required state and federal tax withholdings.
Savvas said if it wasn’t for his sister, he never would have gotten the ticket.
Savvas plans to use some of the winnings to pay bills and help his sister with her car.