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Johnston County man says finding $1 million prize was ‘awesome’

March 16, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:00 AM

Travis Archible of Smithfield hopes his $1 million prize will allow him to invest in himself, his business and his future.

“I was on my lunch break and I was pressed for time like always,” he recalled. “I went to get something to eat and I stopped but they didn’t have that particular ticket in the machine, so I thought, ‘I’ll just zip into that little store down the road on the way back to work.’”

Archible purchased his $30 Millionaire Maker ticket from the Variety Pic-Up on N.C. 97 in Wendell.

“Got back to work and scratched it and saw the prize,” he said. “I was so excited.”

Archible, who works as a forklift operator, claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

He had the option of taking the $1 million as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000. Archible chose the annuity and, after state and federal tax withholdings, walked away with his first payment of $35,384.

“After I scratched it, it was awesome,” he said. “I’m going to get that business running to where I can eventually stop working for somebody else and work for myself.”

Millionaire Maker is the first scratch-off to offer 30 $1 million prizes. Archible became the second person to win one of those $1 million prizes.


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5/23/2021 08:57 - Catherine S.

Enjoy Sir!??

3/18/2021 08:28 - Josephine D.

Congratulations I’m so happy for you. Invest in yourself. Congratulations once again

3/18/2021 12:30 - Kimberly F.

Congrads I can't wait til I'm the chosing one by God he is the only one that helps me and I can count on

3/17/2021 10:43 - Michael B.

This is first annuity claim I seen since the Holiday millionaire ticket in 2019. Is tonight’s Cash 5 the biggest one ever or was it the last one in Fayetteville?NC Lottery
Hi Michael, good question! The biggest Cash 5 jackpot was on June 3, 2017 and was $1.7 million.

3/17/2021 07:11 - randolph s.

congrats...I hope your business does well and smart move investing in yourself

3/17/2021 05:25 - Nedra H.

Way to go! :)

3/17/2021 05:18 - Zelda L.


3/17/2021 12:05 - Beverly P.


3/16/2021 10:48 - savonnie s.


3/16/2021 08:04 - Daniel J.

Can the winner of jackpot annuities leave any remaining years of payout to their beneficiary?NC Lottery
Hi Daniel, if a winner were to pass away, all remaining annuity payments would be paid to the winner's designated estate.

3/16/2021 07:06 - Leticia H.


3/16/2021 05:48 - Kenneth F.

I agree 100% with the previous posts that mention what a good decision it is to take the annuity. Well done Travis!

3/16/2021 04:54 - sherry m.

I don't know if this question has been answered or not. If you take the payout and you die, before the 20 years is up, do the remainder of your winnings go to your heirs?NC Lottery
Hi Sherry, great question! If a winner were to pass away, all remaining annuity payments would be paid to the winner's designated estate.

3/16/2021 03:41 - DL H.

YAY!!!Woooo Hooooo good for you Travis. Very smart move on the yearly payout! We wish you the best!!! You're on your way to a very successful business and we are super excited for you. :-)

3/16/2021 01:42 - Lavinia H.


3/16/2021 01:27 - Mary G.

YEA! Finally someone who chose the annuity! What a great decision for your future. Good luck with your planned business. With smart choices like this, I bet you'll be a great businessman! Congratulations!

3/16/2021 12:53 - carolyn b.

Hi Carolyn, the Powerball multistate lottery association hasn't announced any changes at this point. If any changes do occur, we will announce them here.

3/16/2021 10:59 - Michael B.

NCEL! I would like to know why my post was not published when I simply asked a question? Should I email in my questions? I would like to know when the Cash 5 changes/upgrade will go into effect? NC Lottery
Hi Michael, since you replied to multiple stories with the same question we answered one of them and didn't publish the others. Here is the answer we gave in response to your post on the Double Draw promotion: "Hi Michael, we're planning to announce a new feature for Cash 5 later in April. Stay tuned!"

3/16/2021 10:06 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more wonderful wins.

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