Trucker wins $1 million in Tennessee Lottery

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A North Carolina truck driver is $1 million richer after buying a winning ticket in the Tennessee Lottery.

Lottery officials said Yuriy Zalyevskyy was on Interstate 40 headed to California on Oct. 8 when he stopped at the Pilot Travel Center in Stanton, Tennessee, and bought several instant game tickets. He scratched them in the store, and one of them – a Millionaire Jumbo Bucks ticket – was the big winner.

“Before, I thought I’d be loud, jumping up and down,” Zalyevskyy told the lottery commission. “I could not speak. I walked, slowly and quietly, to my truck because I didn’t know what was going on.”

Zalyevskyy said he plans to use part of his winnings to buy a new home.