Jerry Hucks was one number away.
One number on a little red ball OK, the little red ball away from sharing the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot.
But the Rock Hill man who builds trucks for a living isnt disappointed. After all, the five numbers he did match made him a $1 million lottery winner in Wednesdays drawing.
Tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to share the $579.9 million jackpot.
When Hucks got off work Thursday morning, he remembered the sticky note on which he had jotted down Wednesday nights winning Powerball numbers.
He reached into the side compartment of his truck to find his Powerball ticket and flipped on the light inside the cab to see the first five numbers on the sticky note aligned perfectly with the last set of numbers printed on his ticket.
Hucks, who works at Daimler Trucks in Cleveland, N.C., went back inside the plant, where a coworker looked the Powerball ticket over and told him he won $1 million.
I didnt even have the truck door locked, and I had a $1 million ticket out there, Hucks told lottery officials when he arrived Thursday to collect his winnings. Then I cant believe I let three or four guys at work hold my ticket.
His parting words to them: Im not quitting, but Im not working any more overtime.
Hucks called his girlfriend to tell her the news and that he was headed home. At one point, he had to pull over to throw up, overcome he beat the 1-in-5,153,633 odds to be a millionaire.
Hucks was one of three South Carolina Education Lottery players to successfully match the first five numbers drawn Wednesday night 5, 16, 22, 23 and 29. The power ball was 6.
He stopped at the Mr. Express convenience store on his way in to work Wednesday and had to stand in line to get a ticket. Hes glad he was patient and waited for his quick pick to print.
Hucks told lottery officials he is paying off his house and will be back at work Friday.
The Mr. Express convenience store will receive a commission of $10,000 for selling the claimed ticket.
Store manager Mike Sharifi said Hucks is one of his regular customers, coming in two to three times a week to play the lottery.
Sharifi said Hucks came in early Thursday morning to thank him for selling the winning ticket.
Im glad we sold a winning ticket, Sharifi said. Sales were very good yesterday.