Man drove around for weeks with $4 million lottery ticket

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

MINT HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- A contractor from Mint Hill, which is on the outskirts of Charlotte, had been driving around for weeks as a millionaire and didn't even know it.

According to WSOC-TV, James Lampi Jr. didn't realize until Tuesday that the $200 Million Blowout ticket he had in his truck since June was worth $4 million until he stopped at a lottery retailer to have the ticket scanned.

Lampi said he knew he had won something but figured it was just $20, and didn't even scratch off the prize amount until the clerk told him he had to claim his prize at the lottery office.

He chose a one-time payment of $2.4 million and received $1,662,006 after state and federal withholdings.

Lampi said he is going to make some investments, donate some to charity, and "chill out at the beach for a while."

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