Knoxville veteran wins $2 million from scratch off ticket

David Stiles
David Stiles

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville veteran hit the jackpot, winning $2 million in the Tennessee Lottery.

David Stiles was presented a check from the lottery on Tuesday.

Stiles told lottery officials he took time to check and recheck his Silver Spectacular ticket before surprising his wife with the news.

His ticket was purchased at a Knoxville area Kroger store.

The store will not receive any winnings from the lottery because it was a scratch-off ticket not a regular-drawing.

Stiles, a Knoxville native, said he has vowed to provide “lots of good things” for his family.

“I’ve been all around the world, and this is the most wonderful place I’ve been,” Stiles said about his love for east Tennessee. “Now I’m luckier than ever.”

The ticket was the 155th winning ticket since the Tennessee Lottery began in 2004.

Kym Gerlock, director of Media Relations for the Tennessee Lottery, said the timing of the win is perfect, coinciding with the lottery’s 11th anniversary.

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