Tennessee teens turning their $3M jackpot into even bigger money

Nineteen-year-olds plan to invest their winnings

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A pair of Tennessee teens are sharing a US$3-million lottery win.

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Nineteen-year-olds Wyatt Close and Brandon Thompson stopped for gas on their way to work in Lebanon, Tenn. on Oct. 1.

The young men bought a pair of Jumbo Bucks Titanium instant tickets. The first was a dud but the second scratched off to be a big winner.

“I saw those black bold numbers and just started jumping,” Thompson told local Scripps station WTVF.

Close says he regularly plays the scratch lottery.

“I was just jumping up and down he (Thompson) was excited as well. I don’t know — it was just a feeling like I never felt before,” Close said.

The duo are planning to invest the money.

“It’s always exciting to see our players win such life-changing prizes,” Rebecca Paul Hargrove, Tennessee Lottery president and CEO, told TODAY.

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