Rivera said he bought the ticket while on the way to pick up his son from school. “I was waiting in the parking lot for my son when I scratched it, and there it was. I couldn’t believe it,” Rivera told lottery officials as he picked up his check Tuesday.
Rivera, a father of two, left the Army after 25 years of service. His $1 million prize will be paid in 20 annual payments of $50,000 each. The odds of winning the top prize in the Georgia Lottery Black game are 1 in 2.4 million.