Some friends play the lottery together. Some share lottery winnings with close friends. But for a lumber yard supervisor from Rutherfordton, a friend sort of ‘led’ him to a big jackpot.
Henry Smith became the first player in the state to win $4 million from an instant game called the $200 Million Blowout. And he admits that he would not have tried the $20 ticket if not for his friend Dan Royal, of Forest City. Royal had won $5.2 million from the lottery in 2013, and now had the honor of welcoming him to the millionaire’s club.
He chose a single lump sum payment of $1.6 million net of state and federal taxes instead of an option to receive $200,000 annually for 20 years. Now he says he can pay off debts including his mortgage, improve his home and go on vacation.