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$1 million win makes Halifax County man 2nd time million-dollar winner

March 9, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:01 AM

Willard Weber of Littleton is no stranger to good luck, but he never expected be a million-dollar winner twice in less than a year.

“I never thought it would ever happen to me,” he said. “But it did. I’m very happy.”

Back in August 2020, Weber and his coworker, Dean Glover of Littleton, split a $4 million Ruby Red 7s top prize.

But Weber’s good luck didn’t end there. Last week, he stopped at the Information Grocery on U.S. 158 in Halifax and tried his luck on a new $30 Millionaire Maker ticket and headed home to scratch it off.

“I didn’t even know I won,” he said. “I missed the number, so I didn’t see it when I scratched it off. That’s the second time. I didn’t see it the first time either.”

Luckily, he decided to double check his tickets.

“I was scanning all my old tickets and one of them said I had to take it to lottery headquarters,” recalled Weber. But he still couldn’t find the winning match, so he asked the cashier to take a look, too.

“That’s when we noticed 23 matched,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it was the exact same number I hit on last time, either.”

Back in August, he said he planned to buy an antique convertible car. On Monday, he confirmed, “I did buy that Cadillac El Dorado.”

Weber 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. He chose the lump sum and took home $424,509 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

This time around, Weber’s winnings are going in the bank. “Just going in to savings for now,” he said.

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


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3/14/2021 01:43 - Charles H.

Thanks, Denver. You're entitled to your opinion, but until I get what I want whether it be by winning the lottery or other legal means I will always believe it's fixed.

3/11/2021 08:36 - Denver G.

Sorry Charlie , it's not fixed or rigged. This guy won a huge amount, so he had the means to buy tons of high dollar tickets (by the pack). A few yrs ago when the $30 tickets 1st came out, a lady in Lincoln county won $10 million. After that win she won dozens of times for a thousand and 10 thousand and up. Because she was running all over buying full packs of $30 tickets. If I win big , do you think I am going to spend less or stop playing , Hell no!!!

3/10/2021 08:43 - Charles H.

Definitely fixed.

3/10/2021 12:24 - Tim F.

1 in 260.000. Thats 7.8 million taken in give 1 million.. 6.8 million profit for gov X 30. Do math...then dont get true million.. Less than 500k. With money gov takes in..should give 1 million...not 600k short take Somebody getting rich off people that play Need be law ...pay back 82% like make casino payback... Damn jokeNC Lottery
Hi Tim, we appreciate your concern about fairness but lottery proceeds largely go back to prizes for players and into funding North Carolina public schools. Combined administrative costs, salaries, marketing and advertising account for less then 4% of the money taken in by the lottery.

3/09/2021 11:17 - Greg B.

Congrats! I have been playing since lottery started in NC and nothing.:(

3/09/2021 08:47 - Diane G.


3/09/2021 08:39 - David F.

How is this even possible to win this amount twice? Something is not adding up with the NC lottery. Just like the Patel scandal with the scratch off tickets.NC Lottery
Hi David, lottery wins are independent events that are not influenced by whether a player has won in the past or not. Every player has the same odds of winning, regardless of past luck.

3/09/2021 08:34 - Michelle S.


3/09/2021 08:12 - Teresa A.


3/09/2021 07:49 - Sandra B.

Are there ever winners in Rocky Mount, NC?NC Lottery
Hi Sandra, here's a recent $1 million winner story from Rocky Mount: https://nclottery.com/NewsBlogDetails/2021/3/3/Nash-County-man-ecstatic-to-win-1-million-prize

3/09/2021 07:24 - Irwin F.

Right place at the right time.....TWICE? Hmmmm!

3/09/2021 05:36 - Sean S.


3/09/2021 03:31 - John M.

Are these people real?

3/09/2021 03:29 - Janice F.


3/09/2021 11:17 - JIA L.

god is so fair...

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