A Franklin man recently became a millionaire after buying a winning Red Hot Millions scratch-off ticket at the Dowdle Mountain Pit Stop just off of US 441.
When Brian Rowland, a real estate broker with Mountain Pro Real Estate, went to Raleigh on Friday so lottery officials could verify his North Carolina Education Lottery ticket was valid, he announced his winnings would help him pay some medical bills and provide for his family's future. He purchased the winning ticket on Thursday morning.
“I am very grateful, and I am going to pay my tithe the very first thing,” Rowland said as he collected his prize at NCEL headquarters on Friday. “My wife is a breast cancer survivor so we are going to pay some medical bills to the wonderful hospital and doctors in Asheville who helped her beat cancer.”