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$10 million scratch-off prize goes to Johnston County man

May 16, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:03 AM
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Wade Harmon of Kenly purchased a single $300,000,000 Supreme Riches scratch-off ticket on his way home from work and won $10 million, the largest scratch-off prize in the state.

Harmon said he played Pick 3 and Pick 4 and tried his luck on a single $30 scratch-off ticket. “I went home and fired up my grill and I said, ‘Well I might as well scratch my ticket,’” recalled Harmon. “I looked down and I said, ‘Woah!’”

Harmon, an iron worker, bought his lucky ticket at the Big Boys on Bagley Road in Kenly.

“I’m thankful, I really am,” said Harmon. “I believe the Lord saved that for me. He had a reason for me to win this ticket. He’s got plans for me.”

Harmon claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had a choice of taking the $10 million as an annuity of $500,000 a year over 20 years or a lump sum of $6 million. He chose the lump sum and, after federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $4,245,009.

Despite winning the largest amount possible for a lottery scratch-off ticket, Harmon said his big win won’t change him. “I’ll still be the same old me,” he said.

Harmon said he’ll be putting his winnings “to good use.” He plans to, “keep working for a bit more and use the money for retirement in a few years,” he said. 

Harmon also plans to take his kids and their families on a cruise when the coronavirus outbreak is over and it is safe again. 

$300,000,000 Supreme Riches launched in April 2019 with four $10 million top prizes and six $1 million prizes. One $10 million prize and one $1 million prize remain to be claimed.
 

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5/21/2020 11:36 - Sheila I.

@nc lottery it felt grrreeeaaatttt. Especially to finally win the bonus. I've won prizes before but never within a 2 week span.

5/20/2020 09:38 - Sheila I.

@nclottery I won $500 twice this month on the Colossal scratch off. It doesn't compare to the big winners but I'm happy ????. One prize was today....in the bonus area...top right cornerNC Lottery
Congrats on the two wins, Sheila! How did it feel when you realized what you won?

5/18/2020 08:43 - Deborah B.

Congratulations

5/17/2020 11:17 - Louis A.

Congratulations, That's fantastic

5/17/2020 09:17 - roberta n.

Congratulation on your big win. What a blessing. Enjoy your retirement whenever you decide and enjoy your family cruise.

5/17/2020 07:39 - linda p.

God Bless you son continue putting God first you will continue receiving. May you and your family always be Safe and Bless

5/17/2020 04:07 - Towanda S.

Congratulations...be safe..God bless??????????????????

5/17/2020 03:46 - Koryanta H.

Congratulations!!!!!!!

5/17/2020 03:40 - Kim S.

SOUNDS LIKE HE HAS A LEVEL HEAD.GREAT IT WENT TO SOMEONE WHO WILL USE IN A GREAT WAY & GLAD HE REALIZES GOD HAD A HAND IN IT TOO.HE IS BLESSED.PRAYERS HIS LIFE GOES GREAT.

5/17/2020 12:38 - Sheila I.

@nclottery what Gerald B is asking is how much would a winner received after taxes if they request the annuity of $500k a yearNC Lottery
Thanks for the clarification! We have corrected our response.

5/17/2020 12:11 - Wesley D.

I still have trouble with the lotterys math on these big wins.. You win 10 million but they say you took a lump sum of 6 million. then you are taxed again on your 6 million and wind up winning only 4 million..Is this not like false advertising or something. Don't get me wrong I love to play also, but hey who's pocket does this extra 4 million go into?NC Lottery
Thanks for the opportunity to share more info about how annuities and lump sums work! The $4 million difference between the lump sum and annuity prizes don't "go into anyone's pocket", they are what a $6 million prize would gain in interest if it sat in the bank over the course of the 20 year annuity. No matter which prize a player wins, we withhold the minimum state and federal taxes just the same. Hope this helps explain things.

5/17/2020 11:54 - Jeffrey S.

Can you please tell me how many entries there are so far for the 3rd 2nd chance Supreme Riches drawing? Thank youNC Lottery
Hi Jeffrey, Our latest count shows that the Supreme Riches second-chance drawing has 765,723 entries.

5/17/2020 11:31 - Chris N.

Not a bad investment for $30.00 is it. Congratulations!!!!!

5/17/2020 11:17 - Pennie P.

Congratulations !

5/17/2020 09:41 - lori j.

God bless

5/17/2020 09:07 - Latoya S.

Amen ???? congratulations I love when u said God has a plan.Yes he does congratulations again

5/17/2020 05:18 - Wendy K.

Congratulations!!

5/17/2020 01:33 - sandra m.

Congatulations!, However it's impossible from this point forward to be the " same old me" . God Bless!

5/17/2020 01:31 - Gerald B.

If someone takes the $500,000 a year annuity, what do the get yearly after taxes? NC Lottery
Hi Gerald. We're correcting our previous response to you, sorry for the confusion. If a player won the $10 million prize and opted for the annuity, their $500,000 payment would be taxed each year as they receive it. We can't say for sure what the take-home amount would be since tax rates can change from year-to-year. Currently, a $500,000 prize would be taxed at 24% federal and 5.25% state.

5/17/2020 12:02 - Antreece R.

Congratulations!!!

5/16/2020 11:08 - deloris t.

Congratulations

5/16/2020 11:04 - Deborah T.

Congratulations 5-16-2020

5/16/2020 11:02 - Deborah T.

Congratulations Enjoy

5/16/2020 09:53 - shirley b.

Congratulations!!!

5/16/2020 09:30 - Debra W.

Congratulations

5/16/2020 09:28 - elizabeth j.

Congratulations.

5/16/2020 06:33 - Denise M.

Congratulations!

5/16/2020 06:21 - Nochal B.

Congratulations.

5/16/2020 06:15 - Jewell G.

Congratulations!

5/16/2020 06:09 - jeffrey n.

How many entries in supreme riches and mgmNC Lottery
Hi Jeffrey, Our latest count shows that the Supreme Riches second-chance drawing has 765,723 entries and the MGM Casino Cash second-chance drawing has 156,618 entries. Good luck!

5/16/2020 03:59 - vanessa b.

congrats

5/16/2020 03:59 - vanessa b.

congrats

5/16/2020 02:17 - William A.

Great Win!!! I hope they put out another 30 dollar ticket soon. The $25 dollar ticket has been a terrible run.I went back to the 30 dollar tickets after losing a grand or so.

5/16/2020 01:52 - Cheick B.

Congratulations bro

5/16/2020 12:39 - Carletta J.

Congratulations!

5/16/2020 10:14 - stephane d.

CONGRATULATIONS, IT FEELS GOOD TO BE ABLE TO TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE PEDAL AND ENJOY LIFE. ENJOY THE FRESH AIR, NO MORE PRESSURE, WORK IF YOU WANT OR NOT. INVEST YOUR MONEY AND WATCH IT GROW. CONGRATULATIONS

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