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Video:Concord man gets life-changing $1 million phone call

March 13, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:22 AM

Richard Costantino of Concord said he was in disbelief when he got a phone call telling him he won $1 million in the Extreme Millions second-chance drawing.

“It was exciting,” said Costantino, a retired heavy equipment mechanic. “I couldn’t believe it was true.”

A representative with the N.C. Education lottery called Costantino to tell him he won: “I am happy to tell you that you have won $1 million in our Extreme Millions second-chance drawing.”

“You’re kidding me,” Costantino said, when he learned he won the grand prize…“God bless you dear!”

His entry was chosen from 456,229. Winners of second-chance drawings receive a phone call or email notifying them that they won.

Costantino claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He 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. He chose the lump sum. After federal and state tax withholdings he took home $424,500.

“I feel so excited,” Costantino said. “It’s unbelievable. Believe me.”

Extreme Millions launched in December 2016. This was the last of four second-chance drawings associated with the ticket. In addition to the $1 million prize, three people won $50,000 and 25 people won $500 in the drawing.

Ticket sales from games like Extreme Millions made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million for the state last year. For details on how $14.9 million in lottery funds made a difference in Cabarrus County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


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3/17/2019 08:44 - JIM B.

Not really sure that 424,500 is all that as far as life changing. 1million yeah. 424k would pay off all my debts with a dab left over to buy more tickets. Life changing-no but i would take it!

3/17/2019 01:53 - George H.

Call Me LZ,I"m Still Waiting And Growing OLD!

3/16/2019 04:57 - Robert A.

Why is there so many prizes left on games ending?NC Lottery
Hi Robert, typically we will end a game when all the top prizes are claimed. Other reasons we might end a game may include if we are releasing a new similar game or if sales of a particular game have dropped off.

3/16/2019 12:22 - nc s.

It's not a coincidence the same people and same areas win. The lottery is a controlled environment where the officials dictate where the large winners will occur. The Lottery says their odds are correct so I'm wondering what they would say the odds are for the same individual to win the same massive amount at the same store-Please. They know the location where these large winning tickets are going. It's been proven lottery employees have rigged the system to let friends and family win so it's a fact it's not a random system. Can we get a video of the second chance drawings with auditors present? NC Lottery
Hey NC, sorry you feel this way. All our draw and scratch-off games have strict security policies, and all printed odds are accurate though.

3/15/2019 06:39 - Mary B.

Hi, NC-EL, just a question pertaining to Keno- any thoughts of expanding Keno to play in more places and possibly online?NC Lottery
Hi Mary, we are always looking to expand the retail locations for Keno to places where players have an interest. You can always let a business know you would like to play Keno at their establishment and that they should contact us. We don't have plans to add Keno to our online play options at this time, but we appreciate hearing that players would be interested in that option.

3/15/2019 12:59 - Hans L.

Okay, NC lottery people...SOMETHING STINKS! I see where a certain J.P.P., who won A MILLION DOLLARS in this game a few months ago, WON ON THIS SECOND CHANCE DRAWING AGAIN!!! How are there persons who win BIG 2 or 3 times (J.P.P. from Fuquay-Varina and N.N. from Greensboro) and suckers like me WIN NOTHING??? Is this rigged???NC Lottery
Winning in one drawing doesn't disqualify a player from having good luck again! The more entries a player makes, the more chances he or she has to win. We don't know how many entries these players made, but it’s possible they made a lot of them. Of course, having even ONE entry in a drawing gives you a chance to win! All of our drawings, including second-chance drawings, take place with an auditor present who verifies the results. We hope your next entry is a lucky one. :)

3/14/2019 11:40 - Pauline B.

how do you see who the other winners were? NC Lottery
Hey Pauline, As winners claim their prize, we post their name on the "Draws" page: Be sure to deselect "My entries" and then choose "All" from the drop-down.

3/14/2019 02:34 - Camisha W.

Congratulations sir, what a unexpected blessing. Enjoy and God bless you!

3/14/2019 09:50 - Sandra W.

Congrats, Sir to you and your family god bless, I Hope to get the next blessing

3/14/2019 09:26 - CHATI C.

Congrats sir! Wish I could win!!!

3/14/2019 08:34 - Mike S.

Hey DG, based on the current sales and the 1st 2018 2nd chance percentage of tickets entered, I'm looking at 14,863,678 entries, which would be a record. Entries will probably level off for drawings 2 thru 4 as games 591-594 end (only 5 top prizes remain and most folks are buying the new X games). The trend on the last X games drawings was for folks to play and enter more as the drawings progress but ending games 591-594 will have an effect on the overall entries. My odds right now are 1 in 29,145 - Good Luck!

3/14/2019 08:34 - rosa c.

Hi, That's a Blessing. Congratulations..

3/13/2019 06:42 - Sharonda M.

Congratulations on your winning

3/13/2019 03:34 - Denver G.

THX LZ. Kinda what I thought. This is for LZ & 87SPG. I am going to predict the 2019 X the cash 2nd chance drawings will have a record # of entries. Think about it. This the only 2nd chance contest to have 10 different eligible tickets you can enter. Two of them are $20 tickets. The values are $1 thru $20,that is also the point/entry value. There's going to be a lot of entries accumulating for not only the 1st, but all the drawings. NC Lottery
Do you have a guess on total entries for the first drawing?

3/13/2019 03:32 - Simone G.

Congratulations. I hope one day to get a call like that.

3/13/2019 03:26 - Spenser G.

Congrats!! Great to see it enhance lives!

3/13/2019 11:16 - Denver G.

WOW. Tears of joy. CONGRATS. I have dreamt that exact phone call & conversation over and over. Speaking of 2nd chance drawings. LZ, is the next (SUPREME)$30 ticket going to be the only 2nd chance ticket coming out in April? And can you give us a sneak peek? Or are you gonna make us wait?NC Lottery
We're happy to give you a sneak peek, Denver. $300 Million Supreme Riches is the only new ticket coming out next month that has a second-chance drawing associated with it. It will have four top prizes of $10 million, but even better -- this new game is packed with 100,000 prizes from $400 to $4,000! We hope you like it! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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