Linda Tate of Durham won a $1 million prize after playing the $10,000,000 Colossal Cash scratch-off game.
This is Tate’s second big win in less than a year and a half. She bagged a $4 million prize in August of 2018 after playing Millionaire Bucks.
Tate bought the winning $30 Colossal Cash ticket at the Family Fare on Old Chapel Hill Road in Durham.
Tate had a choice of an annuity prize paid out as $50,000 a year over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum and claimed her prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $424,509.
The $10,000,000 Colossal Cash game started in August 2018 with four top prizes of $10 million and 21 $1 million prizes. Two $10 million prizes remain to be won.
Players can win one of the $1 million prizes instantly, as Tate did, or by entering their $10,000,000 Colossal Cash tickets into second-chance drawings. Six $1 million prizes remain to be claimed instantly and three more can be won in second-chance drawings. The entry deadline for the third drawing is Jan. 31.
Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.
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Something just doesn’t seem right, way too many repeat winners bagging these top prizes. I’m sure they play a lot more than the average player, but the amount of repeat winners is quite Astonishing to the point where I don’t believe it.