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Lucky dog helps Vance County man win $1 million lottery prize

July 23, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:57 AM

Moises Duarte of Henderson has a new appreciation for the expression man’s best friend after he said his dog helped him win a $1 million lottery prize.

“He’s my million dollar dog,” Duarte said. “I never would have stopped for a lottery ticket if it wasn’t for him.”

On Saturday, Duarte dropped his shih tzu off at his sister’s house in Durham on Saturday. On his way back, he stopped at the Buy Quick Food Mart on West Cornwallis Road and bought a $10 Red Hot Million$ scratch-off ticket. He took the ticket back to his car to scratch.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw what I won,” Duarte said. “I kept looking at it and looking at it.”

 Duarte 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 $424,503. He plans to use some of the money to get a new house and a purple Chevy truck.

Duarte is the first player to win a top prize since Red Hot Million$ launched earlier this month. Three $1 million prizes remain.

Ticket sales from games like Red Hot Million$ make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how $2.5 million in lottery funds made a difference in Vance County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  



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7/24/2019 08:53 - Virginia B.

Congratulations! I keep trying and am feeling lucky so hopefully soon you'll see my winning story on here(fingers crossed)

7/24/2019 05:41 - Dalmar S.

Please add multiplier to cash 5 EZ win just doesn't pay off enough to much like a scratch off

7/23/2019 10:18 - joanie m.

Ready to go to Durham this weekend lucky vibe that way 2 big winners congratulations

7/23/2019 09:14 - Donald B.


7/23/2019 08:17 - Barbara N.

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!!

7/23/2019 08:02 - Charmain R.

Congrats!!! I know your dog will be getting some special treats for now on!!! ??

7/23/2019 07:39 - Berry B.

Congrats,I love my little dog too!!

7/23/2019 07:33 - Tiffany D.

Congratulations on your win. That must be a lucky store. A lady won a top prize there about three years ago. Next time I'm in Durham I need to find my way there.

7/23/2019 05:23 - Edward D.


7/23/2019 05:15 - olethia b.

Congratulations. Lucky dog you!!!

7/23/2019 03:52 - Tom a.

No $1 million dollar winner yet on the Colossal Cash second have drawing? How long to they have to claim it and what happens to the money that is unclaimed in second chance drawing?NC Lottery
Hi Tom,all Second Chance drawing winners have 30 days to claim their prizes. The lottery sends an email, makes a phone call and leaves a message, and mails a certified letter using the information in winners' Lucke-Rewards accounts. After 30 days, the prize goes to an alternate and the process starts over.

7/23/2019 03:37 - Joy A.

That's awesome!

7/23/2019 02:31 - Art R.

Congrats. to you and your dog??

7/23/2019 12:01 - Brenda S.

Love it. Keep playing.

7/23/2019 11:43 - Debra S.

Congrats.Have fun witb all that money??

7/23/2019 11:13 - DL H.

Now that’s some “DogGone” good luck. I think the doggy earned a steak dinner and a bunch of treats!! PAWsome win!!! Congratulations

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