North Carolina, Kimberly Morris of Wake Forest, winning $10,000 start the week on a high note. But in an instant, Monday became a day she won’t soon forget.
The mother of three bought a $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler ticket from the Harris Teeter on Brodgen Woods Drive in Wake Forest winning $10,000. She came to lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday to claim her prize and could not believe her luck.
“I shock,” she inform the North Carolina Education Lottery. “It felt really great to win, but I really have always dream that I would win $1 million!”
Morris decide to try her luck once more. She stop at a Quality Food Mart in Raleigh to buy a second $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler ticket. And became the first person to win a $1 million dollar prize from the $20 scratch-off game.
The first thing that Morris did was call her husband, John. “She was freaking out on the phone,” he recall. “I couldn’t understand her, so I told her to slow down. When I realize what she was saying. I didn’t believe her at first. I come home and see it for myself”.
Kimberly Morris claim for Lottery
Morris return to the lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her second prize. She was given the choice between receiving a $1 million annuity in 20 payments of $50,000 a year, or a lump sum of $600,000.
Like many lottery winners before her, Morris ignore this advice. And chose to receive the lump sum which came out to be $417,012 after taxes.
Morris claim her prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She had the choice of taking a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum. After require state and federal tax with holdings, she took home $417,012. She plans to share some of the money with her three children and invest the rest.
The $20 scratch-off game launch in September with three top prizes of $4 million. And six prizes of $1 million. Morris claimed the first $1 million prize. Three $4 million prizes and five $1 million prizes remain to be claim.
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million for the state last year. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in Wake County, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.