By WECT Staff | November 5, 2020 at 1:07 PM EST – Updated November 5 at 1:07 PM
ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – A retired Marine in Onslow County said he will use his $10 million lottery scratch-off prize to honor his late son by giving back to his community and helping a foundation that supported his family in their time of need.
Alvin Mack II of Jacksonville retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in May after 20 years of service. Later that month, he lost his 19-year-old son, Alvin Mack III, who served in the Air Force Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
“He was my only son and he meant so much to me,” he said. “I’ve always been a believer of luck, but in this case, I just felt like it was a little bit more than that.”
Mack purchased his winning $30 Supreme Riches ticket from the Publix on Marlin Drive in Jacksonville.
“I have a tribute room dedicated to my son and I sat with him last night and I just told him, ‘Is there anything you want me to do? And I’ll do it,’” recalled Mack. “I believe this is truly a blessing from my son.”
When Mack claimed his prize, he had the choice of taking a $10 million annuity that has 20 payments of $500,000 a year or a lump sum of $6 million. Mack chose the lump sum and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $4,245,009.
“When I got the word of my son’s passing, I wasn’t financially stable enough to pick up all the costs that were involved,” said Mack. “The Fisher House Foundation donated housing for me and my family to stay during that time. My plan for this money is to donate to the Fisher House Foundation and continue to help others as I can, in my son’s name.”
Mack and his wife also want to start a scholarship fund for student-athletes to honor their son, who was a former quarterback in high school.
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