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Sunday drive leads Wilmington woman to $4 million prize

August 9, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:39 PM
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A Sunday afternoon drive took Donna Griffith of Wilmington on a path that led her to a $4 million lottery prize.

“One of my favorite things to do is go for long drives,” Griffith said. “It’s nice and peaceful.”

After church, Griffith and her husband jumped in the car and hit the road.

“It was such a beautiful afternoon,” Griffith said.

They kept driving until they reached the Phoenix Travel Center on N.C. 210 in Rocky Point.

“It’s one of my favorite places to get lottery tickets,” Griffith said. “So I asked my husband to stop.”

The clinical researcher bought a $200 Million Blowout scratch-off ticket and took it back to the car.

“I gasped when I scratched the ticket,” Griffith said. “I was speechless. I couldn’t talk. It didn’t feel real. It’s still surreal.”

Griffith claimed the prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She had the choice of taking a $4 million annuity that has 20 payments of $200,000 a year or a lump sum of $2.4 million. She chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $1,692,030. Griffith said she plans to use most of the money for retirement.

“I’m not going to quit my job,” Griffith said. “I enjoy what I do. It will just be nice to have this for retirement.”
 
The $20 ticket launched in October 2014 with four $4 million top prizes. Since Griffith won the last top prize, the lottery will take steps to end the game.

Ticket sales from games like $200 Million Blowout make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  

 


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8/12/2018 10:07 - william stanley r.

Congratulations Mrs.Griffith, have a GREAT DAY !

8/11/2018 01:40 - latillya w.

Congratulations but all the winners hitting the big city it's skipping the small towns..like Wilson NC come on now..

8/11/2018 12:18 - jared b.

Are you serious ?Charlotte has big winners!

8/10/2018 12:18 - Jean W.

The lord is good.congratulation on your blessing.May your retirement be joyful.

8/10/2018 09:37 - carolyn b.

WTG DONNA ON THE BIG WIN...GOD HAS BLESSED YOU..WISH I COULD WIN 10MIL ON THE NEW TICKET THE MONEY WOULD COME IN HANDY IF THINGS DONT GO GOOD 4 OUR GIRLS MOM WHEN SHE GOES BACK 2 COURT.....I PRAY FOR A BIG BLESSING

8/10/2018 08:18 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

8/09/2018 09:44 - George H.

Bless You Mrs.Griffith,Work As Long As You Want!!!And I'm Shure You And Your Husband Will Have A Very NICE RETIREMENT.

8/09/2018 09:41 - Gregory F.

Congratulations Donna this is great what a blessing from God enjoy your blessing. Waiting on my blessing.

8/09/2018 07:07 - NDAYE K.

wowwww. big congrats Donna. God bless you!!!

8/09/2018 05:37 - kimberly b.

congrats

8/09/2018 04:01 - Linda D.

I think that is just wonderful. Enjoy and thanks for sharing your win.

8/09/2018 03:52 - Chavelia T.

Congrats and God Bless you and yours. To the lottery people why are all the really big prizes in Fayetteville, Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington, High Point, Greensboro areas???. Send some of the 50,000 up to Charlotte more often. Even the cash 5's are in that area more often than not. Thanks i need an extra special financial BLESSING. More to help others in need than for myself.

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