Denise Batchleor of Winston-Salem is celebrating after she won $1 million playing Red Hot Riches.
Batchleor bought the lucky $10 ticket at the Parkway Shell on Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem.
Batchleor claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday. She had a choice of taking the $1 million as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum, and after federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $424,503.
Red Hot Riches launched earlier this month with four top prizes of $1 million. Three top prizes remain to be won.
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how $21.2 million made a difference in Forsyth County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com.