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Orange County man wins $4 million scratch-off prize

June 10, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 4:03 PM

Rodney Emory of Hillsborough won the top prize of $4 million playing $150 Million Cash Explosion.

Emory bought the lucky $20 ticket at the Quality Mart on U.S. 70 in Hillsborough.

Emory claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had a choice of taking the $4 million as an annuity of $200,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $2.4 million. He chose the lump sum and after tax withholdings took home $1,698,006.

The $150 Million Cash Explosion ticket launched in October with four top prizes of $4 million and six $1 million prizes. Two $4 million prizes and four $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from instant games like $150 Million Cash Explosion make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for the state. For details on how $7.9 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Orange County, visit the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


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6/15/2019 01:13 - thomas p.

Congratulations hopefully my blessing will be soon

6/14/2019 08:00 - Alton T.

My question is he took the lump sum .He got 2.4 million before taxes out of the 4 million .what happen to the 1.6 million thanks for your replyNC Lottery
Great question, Alton. Nothing "happened" to the money. It's more about how lottery prizes are financed. The lottery gives players the option between the lump sum right now and the annuity paid over 20 years. The lump sum is what the lottery has set aside "right now". But, if the player chose the annuity, the lottery would take that lump sum amount and invest it, and the interest it would gain over the course of the 20 years is how it would grow from $2.6 to $4 million. At one time the lottery only offered big prizes in the annuity form, but lots of players asked for the option of a lump sum. Does that help explain things?

6/14/2019 06:50 - Travis C.

Why Did I buy 4, 10 million colossal tickets and no breakeven cash when the Odd is 1 in 2.83 NC Lottery
Hi Travis, every time you play the lottery, it takes luck to beat the odds. That's true whether you play one ticket or 10. There's only ever a chance to win—never a guarantee. We wish every ticket could win a prize, but prize money comes from non-winning tickets. We hope your next ticket is a lucky one!

6/13/2019 09:32 - Sandra P.

Congratulations! That’s a big win. If I won I would also take the lump sum. It just make sense to me. Pay whatever taxes need to be paid and move on. Enjoy your winnings. I know i have been buying those $20 and $30 tickets spending $300 to $400 at one time. The most I have won is $500. My time is coming. Congratulations again.

6/13/2019 04:54 - Terry B.

Congrats to Mr Emory! BTW, can someone tell me why I keep getting a 'cannot locate your geo location' message when I try to buy tickets online from my Durham residence.NC Lottery
We’re sorry you’re having trouble with buying online tickets, Terry. Our geolocation service was recently given an update and has been causing some issues for users. Check to make sure your location sharing and wireless cards are enabled. If using an mobile device you can try and deleting the app and reinstalling it and see if that resolves the issue. If you still have trouble, please give our online support team a call at 1-855-767-1863 and they should be able to help.

6/13/2019 03:30 - Jimmy R.

Jim B. I don't know your age but for older players, they rather take the lump sum because of their age.

6/13/2019 12:46 - Wanda H.

Why do they tax the 4 mill then tax the 2.4 mill. Taking taxes out twice. Just wondering NC Lottery
Hi Wanda, Winners are not double-taxed on lottery winnings. By law, we are required to withhold the minimum state and federal taxes. Depending on each individual's unique financial situation, a person's tax obligation could be more or less than what was withheld. That's why we recommend winners consult with a tax professional when they claim. Hope this helps!

6/13/2019 07:32 - Berry B.

R.E.congrats 2 u!!

6/13/2019 06:24 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

6/12/2019 11:13 - Kelli P.

Where was the Cash 5 won in Raleigh on June 11th?NC Lottery
Hi Kelli, the Cash 5 was won in Raleigh at Taz's on South Wilmington St. Hope this helps!

6/12/2019 07:45 - Gregory F.

Congratulations this is life changing. Enjoy this great blessing.

6/12/2019 05:01 - Sandra P.

What a life changing event. Congratulations to you! You deserved that win. Enjoy your new beginning??

6/12/2019 09:48 - shirley b.

Congratulations on your win!!!!!

6/12/2019 09:48 - shirley b.

Why do they block numbers so people can't play them?NC Lottery
Hi Shirley, sometimes with popular numbers, the “liability limit” is reached, meaning enough players have selected a number that the lottery must stop sales of that number for that draw. The reason for this is to ensure that the lottery could pay out the prize money should those numbers hit!

6/12/2019 09:16 - Merline B.

best wishes on your win.

6/11/2019 11:31 - Elizabeth C.

A life-changing win, congratulations to you!

6/11/2019 11:12 - Brenda S.

Best of luck. Happy for you.

6/11/2019 09:14 - Theodore E.

NC Lottery, What percentage is used to arrive at Power Ball & Mega Millions cash value amounts. Thank You. NC Lottery
Hi Theodore, The process is actually the other way around than what you are thinking. The lump sum cash value is the starting amount and then the lottery takes that lump sum and invests it to pay the annuitized amount over time. Generally, the cash value amount is about 60% of the advertised annuity. Hope this helps!

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6/11/2019 02:30 - Trudy L.

Congratulations !!!!!! Just waiting for my turn

6/11/2019 12:55 - Angela B.

Congratulations and praise God for your win!??

6/11/2019 12:39 - Jill E.

Congratulations to a man that really deserves it! He has a heart of gold and is overdue his turn at a break in life. We love you and are so happy for your win! You said you would win one day, and you've proven it can be done! Xoxoxo

6/10/2019 08:56 - joanie m.

Congratulations ???? who-d who

6/10/2019 07:09 - Vernon A.

Congratulation nice job

6/10/2019 06:37 - Mariel A.


6/10/2019 05:33 - JIM B.

Another lump sum. Cannot one live comfortably on 200,000 a year for the next 20 years? Myself personally can do alot with 141,000 a year after taxes. Cannot see giving up a net 1.1 million for the instant gratification of being a millionaire for a day,month or even a year. However,I would like the opportunity to decide! Is the annuity guaranteed and backed by an insurance company? Yet-congratulations go out to Mr. Emory. Good hit! NC Lottery
That is a great question, Jim! All of our current annuities are purchased through Treasury Strips, which is more secured than annuities funded by an insurance company. The NCEL currently works through the State Treasurer’s Office to acquire the Treasury Strips. Hope this answers your question!

6/10/2019 04:48 - DL H.

WOW Congratulations Rodney!Awesome win!!!

6/10/2019 04:30 - Willie B.

why can't i leave a comment?

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