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Forsyth County man ‘in disbelief’ after $1 million win

April 29, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:01 AM

Marvin Northrup of Lewisville made a stop for some lottery tickets and walked away the tenth winner of a $1 million Millionaire Maker top prize.

“I was at a line dance function in Salisbury and we went out to dinner,” he recalled. “After that I stopped at the convenience store and played one ticket that wasn’t any good and played the second ticket and hit it for the big money!”

Northrup purchased his winning $30 ticket from Rushco Food Stores on East Innes Street in Salisbury.

“When I scratched the ticket, I was in disbelief,” he recalled.“The number was 57 and I grabbed my chest and said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, I can’t believe this.’ It’s wonderful.”

Northrup claimed his prize Wednesday 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. Northrup chose the lump sum of $600,000 and took home $424,509 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

Since his big win, Northrup bought himself a new car. With the rest of the prize money, he plans to use it towards a “combination of savings and investments.”

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


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5/03/2021 11:42 - NC Lottery

Kenny H.: Thanks for the great questions! The reordered Colossal Cash tickets are made to have the same odds as the original tickets. The reason that we can't provide updated odds on the website is because this number would be constantly changing as tickets are sold, and we don't know if a winning ticket has been sold until a prize is claimed, so to be accurate we can only provide the odds at the time of printing. We aren't able to provide the starting ticket number of the reordered batch, but I can tell you that the original quantity of Colossal Cash tickets was 15.84 million, and there have been two reorders of 3.96 million each. Finally, the reason for reordering the tickets is that this game is still popular with players, and we try to keep some $30 tickets available for players who like that option.

4/30/2021 06:55 - Chris S.

Saying the game was reordered and then only adding some of the prizes is really deceptive and borderline crooked. Either end the game or reorder with the same amount of prizes. I've always laughed at the people saying the lottery is rigged, but in this case it's definitely rigged for the lottery benefit with less prizes being supplied to the players. Disappointed!!!!!NC Lottery
Hi Chris, I understand your concern. To ensure fairness, the reordered tickets are made so that they have the same odds as the original batch at the time of printing. Good luck!

4/30/2021 04:07 - kenny h.

Hey. I’ve got questions concerning the COLOSSAL CASH. If new prizes are added could you please update the odds of winning? Also where will the added tickets numbers start? That’s the only way to know if it’s a newly ordered ticket. The public was told on the very first 30 Dollar ticket years ago that it was designed to last 3 years. Are y’all adding more tickets to stretch out this game to 3 years? These are honest questions that deserve honest answers. Please don’t give me/us an email or telephone number to a support team. Thanks in advance. ??NC Lottery
Hi Kenny, thanks for the great questions! The answer is too long to fit as a reply, so please see the response above.

4/30/2021 07:54 - William A.

The odds are based on the original prizes. Unless every prize is being added to the odds can't be the same; #Audit the Lottery NOW!!!

4/30/2021 07:06 - William A.

Wow! Why not end the game. Why leave all those losers out there and add one prize. Just gets worse and worse NC Lottery
Hi William, $10,000,000 Colossal Cash is still a popular game with players so we wanted to make sure that players who are enjoying it are still able to play and that there are still top prizes available to be won. In addition to the top prize, we also added some more lower tier prizes as well. You can always check the prize chart to see how many prizes are remaining on the Colossal Cash website here: Thanks for the great questions!

4/29/2021 11:50 - Paula F.

Congratulations. Many Many More

4/29/2021 06:49 - Chris S.

Was the 10 MIL Colossal re-ordered with the same amount of prizes as the first time? The number of prizes remaining don't add up.NC Lottery
Hi Chris, great question! Colossal Cash was reordered with one additional top prize and more lower tier prizes as well. I hope that helps to answer your question, but please let us know if there is anything else that needs clarification. Thanks!

4/29/2021 05:40 - Rodney W.

These million dollar lottery ticket winners should net 1 million dollars on the win . The taxes are ridiculous more than half of their win . It could be set up that way by the NC Lottery . Also players should check with a financial planner to make sure which way to go lump sum or annuity you have time to do that . Good Luck to all players .

4/29/2021 12:50 - carolyn b.

Hi Carolyn, more Colossal Cash tickets were ordered on 4/13/2021 and an additional top prize was added. I hope that helps to answer your question. Have a great day!

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