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Greensboro couple says $1 million lottery win “changes a lot”

July 20, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:38 AM

James Strickland and Teresa McCallister of Greensboro said a lucky $1,000,000 win will change a lot for them.

First, Strickland and McCallister plan to pay off bills. Then, once those are paid off, Strickland says he can finally buy his bass boat.

“I’ve wanted a bass boat for years and years and years,” said Strickland. “That was always the dream when I thought about winning the lottery.”

The couple’s good fortune happened when Strickland purchased an Extreme Millions scratch-off, a $30 ticket, from the Express Mart on National Highway in Thomasville.

“I always throw the losing tickets I scratch into my car floorboard,” Strickland said. “Then at the end of the week I check the stack again. I found this ticket in my loser stack, and I couldn’t believe it. I was all ecstatic and shaky. A million changes a lot.”

Strickland and McCallister claimed the prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. They had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. They chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, they split $423,014.

Extreme Millions launched in December 2016 with four $10 million prizes, and 22 $1 million prizes. One top prize and three $1 million prizes remain. Players can also enter their tickets for a chance to win $1 million in two more Extreme Millions second-chance drawings.

Ticket sales from instant games like Extreme Millions help the lottery raise more than $600 million a year for education. For details on how $30.9 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Guilford County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.



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9/05/2018 10:51 - John M.

Hi NCEL, When is the Extreme Millions second chance drawing? Congrats to Winning Couple. NC Lottery
Good morning John, The entry period for the third Extreme Millions second-chance drawing closed on August 31st and the drawing took place yesterday, September 5th. Winners will be notified via email within 48 hours of the drawing and the website will be updated with the winner's names once they have claimed their prize. Good luck to you!

7/23/2018 01:01 - Dennis C.

I want to say thanks to the NCEL for the $20 Diamond Dazzler ticket. Best ticket the lottery has ever offered. The prize distribution is SPOT ON! I can’t find a fault with the ticket. If you continue to produce these tickets with the outstanding distribution and algorithms, you will see a huge increase in profits. You have been listening and it is appreciated so keep up the good work.NC Lottery
Thanks for the feedback, Dennis! We're glad you are enjoying the Diamond Dazzler ticket.

7/23/2018 03:19 - Agnes D.

Wow Congrats I got next.

7/22/2018 05:54 - jackie w.

WOW WAY TO GO FOR ANOTHER BIG CITY WINNER! scam aren't you guys pay off in big cities only- will quit playing after this and I feel the same way as Robert R NC Lottery
Hi Jackie, We don’t know where the winning tickets will be and it is no easier to win the lottery in once place over another. Major cities are simply highly populated and have more people playing the lottery. If you live in these areas it is not easier to win. No matter where you live you have the same chance to beat the odds as anyone else.

7/22/2018 09:01 - Pamela D.

This is truly a blessing for you guys

7/21/2018 06:08 - robert r.

How dumb spend 30 dollars on a ticket and not pay attention to even know if you won anything or not That is several times someone has told a story like that

7/21/2018 09:08 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

7/20/2018 05:03 - Brian T.

Congrats enjoy yourselves .........

7/20/2018 01:42 - Gregory F.

Congratulations to James and Teresa on your great blessing. Enjoy your blessing from God wish I could experience that feeling. Another big money ticket in the western part of the state.waiting on my blessing from God.

7/20/2018 10:52 - George H.

We're wishing you the best of luck, George!

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