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Bladen County man, “in it to win it,” wins $1 million prize

May 13, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:52 AM

James Perkins of Elizabethtown said he always tells people that you have to be “in it to win it,” and his motto paid off after his $30 scratch-off produced a $1 million win.

“People ask me why I keep playing and I tell them, “scared money don’t make money,’” Perkins said.

Perkins, 53, bought his lucky Millionaire Maker ticket from Community Mart on East Broad Street in Elizabethtown. He said after he scratched the ticket at his home and saw he won he immediately called his wife in to check the ticket for him.

“She started hollering so I figured I must have been right,” Perkins said.

When Perkins arrived at lottery headquarters to collect his prize, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump-sum amount of $600,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $426,069.

Perkins said he wants to set aside some of the money for his children’s education.

The Millionaire Maker game launched in March 2021. Perkins became the 30th person to win one of the $1 million prizes.


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5/16/2022 07:13 - William A.

I wish the lottery would pull these tickets when they are all won. I see they added another 30 winners to these Old TICKETS. How about all the losers on the first run. Do they get picked up or are they sold.

5/15/2022 01:29 - Victor H.

Congrats! I live by that motto also

5/15/2022 07:42 - Bruce S.

Way to go and great motto

5/14/2022 03:32 - shirley b.

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Hi, Shirley! All of our numbers have the same odds of being chosen in each drawing (for Pick 3, that's 1 in 1,000!). As the drawings are random, independent events, it just takes a lot of luck! We hope a triple or another one of your favorite combinations hits soon!

5/14/2022 03:30 - Demetrice M.

Congratulations Perkins??

5/14/2022 08:24 - Janice F.


5/14/2022 05:28 - Kimberly J.

Congratulations on your win

5/14/2022 04:22 - Gloria C.

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

5/13/2022 05:55 - Mark Z.

Congrats brother!!!

5/13/2022 05:35 - Jessica B.


5/13/2022 05:21 - Emma R.

Love and I leave by the motto. It paid off for you CONGRATULATIONS ???? ??. I am working on winning mines. Thank you for knowing the “Motto” really works. Enjoy!!!!!

5/13/2022 03:38 - Sabrina D S.


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