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UPDATE: Wife of Whitwell lotto winner shares what they'll do with $1 million jackpot

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Charles Rollins of Whitwell, Tennessee Charles Rollins of Whitwell, Tennessee
WHITWELL, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Charles Rollins is still working on a construction project in North Carolina days after winning a $1 million prize, according to his wife Gena Rollins.

Channel 3 spoke to Gena at their Whitwell home on Thursday and she said they won't be making any grand purchases, just paying off some very important bills.

"Pay off all the bills, pay off the cars, pay off the house," she said.

Gena said her husband works for Astec, Inc. and travels "all the time" to work on construction projects. She hopes their big win will give him some more time spent at home.

"So this might give him a chance to be home and not miss out," she said, "he's missed out on a few things. The kids' birthday, our anniversary."

Charles was working on a construction project when he stopped at a convenience store and purchased the $30 scratch off ticket. He claimed more than $415,000 after federal and state tax withholdings. He told N.C. Educations Lottery officials he plans to use the money to pay off his house.

Gena said her husband called her on Monday, crying on the phone, "We're not going to have to suffer anymore, we're not going to have to struggle anymore," he told her.


PREVIOUS STORY: (AP) - A Tennessee man traveled to North Carolina for work, and it turned into a very profitable trip.

Officials from the N.C. Education Lottery said Charles Rollins of Whitwell, Tennessee, was working on a construction project when he stopped at a New Bern convenience store. Rollins said he had planned to buy a Powerball ticket, but decided to get an Ultimate Millions ticket as well.

Rollins scratched the $30 ticket and discovered he'd won a $1 million prize. He had the choice on Tuesday of taking the annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum and claimed more than $415,000 after federal and state tax withholdings. He said he plans to use the money to pay off his house.

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