Kaitlyn Jackson always shops at Old Navy for Black Friday. When she heard about the store's Overnight Millionaire sweepstakes, which made the first 50 customers in line at every North American store on Thanksgiving night eligible for a $1 million prize, she thought, "Why not?"
"So we just showed up a little earlier than usual," Jackson said on Wednesday, before accepting a check from the clothing retailer at the Woodruff Road store where she shopped after Thanksgiving dinner.
Jackson, 19, was drawn at random as Old Navy's Overnight Millionaire. When she got the call informing her on Friday, she didn't believe the news.
"I didn't at all," Jackson said. "I thought, 'This can't be me.' I didn't know what to think."
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Jackson lives in Piedmont with her mother, boyfriend and daughter, who will turn 3 years old the day after Christmas. Currently a stay-at-home mom, Jackson said the money will make a big difference for her and her daughter, Abby.
"Not working or going to school, I felt like I couldn't do anything, but this is motivation," Johnson said.
In the immediate future, she plans to start a savings fund for Abby, take a vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and begin planning a wedding to her boyfriend, Austin Blitch. Beyond that, she said she's still in disbelief and figuring out what she'll do with her winnings.
Rick Wilkins, Old Navy's vice president of stores for the south region, presented the check to Jackson on Wednesday.
"It's really life-changing," he said. "It's a great opportunity to give back to our community and our customers."