Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

NORTH GEORGIA (WRCB)-- A struggling self-employed stone mason from North Georgia is adjusting to his new life Friday.

He won $500,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket.

He and his wife are having a hard time believing they're official lotto winners.

In fact, he says his wife won't believe him until the money is in the bank.

"I had just left the dentist office and went back by the Sunset Market," says David Mitchell.

Little did David Mitchell know it was his lucky day. The "Jumbo Jumbo Bucks" ticket the attendant sold him that day turned out to be a big winner.

"I was standing at the counter, scratched it off, it had $500,000 dollars on it," says Mitchell.

That was Monday. And for the last three days this man has been trying to wrap his mind around what happened.

"I did a double take and I stood there for a few minutes and I was just in shock. I didn't know what to do," says Mitchell.

Mitchell is a stone mason by trade, a small business owner.

"I do mountain stone work. I do walls, fire places, patios," says Mitchell.

But since the economy tanked, finding work has been difficult for Mitchell.

"I went for two years without a job and I've had a couple of jobs lately," says Mitchell.

But that's all changed now. The father of four, grandfather of nine says he and his wife will take a vacation. But the rest of the money will be saved, invested in retirement and his family's future.

"I'll help them pay bills and take care of their finances," says Mitchell.

For now, Mitchell is excited to show his wife the check, so she'll finally believe it's real.

"She'll believe it when she sees it on the bank statement," says Mitchell.

Of course, as with everything that sounds too good to be true there is a small catch called taxes.

Even though the check is made out for $500,000, after all the deductions he'll only end up with about $345,000.

Still he says for a poor boy like me, that's unreal.