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$2 million win will pay High Point man $100,000 a year for 20 years

January 19, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:52 AM

For Luigi Dimeo of High Point, a $2 million lottery win means that every year for the next 20 years he’ll collect a prize of $100,000.

Dimeo said he “couldn’t even talk” when he realized he won the $2 million on a $20 scratch-off ticket.

“I saw the two at the beginning and figured it was another $20 win,” Dimeo said. “I kept scratching and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t even talk.”

After he regained his voice, Dimeo called his wife to tell her the good news.

“She started jumping up and down,” Dimeo said. “She was so happy.”

Dimeo, a 40-year-old part owner of an Italian restaurant, became the first $2 million winner in the $2,000,000 Diamond Dazzler game. He bought his lucky ticket at the Quick Mart on East Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in High Point.

When Dimeo arrived at lottery headquarters on Tuesday to collect his prize, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $100,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. He chose the annuity option and he received $71,016 on his first $100,000 payment.

Dimeo said he wants to use the money to buy a house and possibly buy a rental property.

The $2,000,000 Diamond Dazzler game launched this month with four top prizes of $2 million and eight $100,000 prizes. Three $2 million prizes and eight $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.


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1/21/2022 10:07 - Mary G.

Such a wise choice! Congratulations!!!

1/20/2022 10:06 - willie s.

Wise choice!

1/20/2022 10:17 - Brenda S.

Wonderful, keep on playing.

1/20/2022 08:53 - William A.

Good job. You got the lottery to. This you take it early you don't get the invisible annuity interest is Bull. You win 2 million which should have been 4 million but the lottery commission has made the move to decrease prizes during record PROFITS!! Thanks

1/20/2022 08:02 - Roger K.

Wow! Annuity! He will be 60 years old in 20 years. So invest,some of it and enjoy the rest of you life with it. Myself would have taken the cash, cause I'm to old to collect it in yearly fashion. So congratulations on your new journey of your life!

1/20/2022 07:31 - Amy G.


1/19/2022 08:25 - John D.

Congratulations! Playing it tomorrow! Good prizes available

1/19/2022 07:27 - Gloria C.

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

1/19/2022 02:29 - Michael B.

I agree Denver this is nice slice. The annuity for 100k year for next 20 years is a deal

1/19/2022 01:30 - DL H.

Congratulations Luigi!! :-)

1/19/2022 11:35 - Denver G.

That's not just a slice, that's the whole pie! And a nice size pie at that!!! Congrats.

1/19/2022 11:00 - Steve L. P.

Nice!!!! Congratulations. enjoy your winnings.

1/19/2022 10:03 - Mark Z.


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