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Raleigh man after $2 million win: “One Father’s Day I’ll never forget”

June 18, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:40 PM

John Rogers of Raleigh decided to celebrate Friday’s Day early on Friday by treating himself to a $20 scratch-off that presented him with a $2 million prize.

“When I was buying the tickets I said, ‘This is my Father’s Day gift to myself,’” Rogers said. “This will be one Father’s Day I’ll never forget.”

Rogers, 64, bought his lucky $100 Million Mega Cash ticket from Capital Food Mart on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh.

“I was kind of delirious to tell you the truth,” Rogers said. “It still hasn’t really hit me yet.”

When Rogers 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 $100,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. He chose the lump-sum amount of $1.2 million and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $852,126.

“My wife told me, ‘You don’t have pocket change, you’ve got money now,’” Rogers laughed.

Rogers said in addition to paying some bills, donating money to his church and helping out some family members, he wants to use part of his winnings for a special vacation with his wife.

“I’ve always told her I was going to take her to Hawaii and now I can,” Rogers said.

The $100 Million Mega Cash game debuted in May with four top prizes of $2 million and eight $100,000 prizes. Two $2 million prizes and six $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.


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6/21/2022 12:17 - Richard B.

God bless and keep you, and your family safe. Enjoy your Hawaii trip. I've told my wife the same thing, when we hit the big one, we're going to Hawaii...LOL! Enjoy...!!!

6/21/2022 10:58 - SHELIA H.

God bless you and your family

6/21/2022 10:26 - Casselle W.

Talk about a beautiful day in your neighborhood Mr. Rogers(smile). What an awesome blessing, enjoy your trip and stay safe!

6/21/2022 08:06 - William A.

I just hate to see someone take home 852,126 when it should be over 1.6 million. $20 is a lot to invest to win the Jackpot and not even take home a million after taxes and taking the money early. Thanks

6/20/2022 09:21 - Steve H.

i am next

6/20/2022 07:55 - Gina C.

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6/20/2022 02:51 - Felicia D.


6/20/2022 01:51 - Reggie G.

Congratulations Mr. John Rogers! I am happy for your Huge Blessing. NCEL If you win online, how do ya'll notify the winner? BLESSINGSNC Lottery
Hi, Reggie! If you win online, you'll get a notification via email letting you know!

6/20/2022 12:17 - Yvonne b.

Happy father's day and congratulations on your winnings

6/20/2022 07:33 - Karen W.

Congratulations! Aloha!

6/20/2022 07:01 - Darlene E.

Congrat's. Happy Father's Day. Great gift to yourself!!!

6/20/2022 06:09 - Jeffrey W.

How many entries are in the rolling jackpot 2nd chance drawing on Wednesday and how much did it stop on?NC Lottery
Hi, Jeffrey! We received 9,530,911 entries in our 1st Carolina Jackpot second chance drawing. The jackpot stopped at $230,073.64. Good luck!

6/20/2022 12:49 - Justin B.

Congratulations!!! Proof that we manifest thoughts into reality, you spoke it into existence!

6/19/2022 10:39 - monica e.

Congratulations to you and all winners. Some day this will be me. I just want to pay cash for a nice 3 bedroom 2 bath home so I can stop paying Rent. I.m getting old now. 55 and still palying to Win.

6/19/2022 09:50 - COURTNEY N.


6/19/2022 04:05 - Tracy W.

Congratulations, I’m waiting on my time to be standing where you are with my check .

6/19/2022 01:52 - Glenwood J.

Congratulations, Young Man! Perhaps I need to start playing scratch-offs, even though the draw games are my preference.

6/19/2022 11:50 - Richard M.

Taxes Robbed that man ??

6/19/2022 11:00 - Luis V.

I'm always happy to see humble people winning big price!!

6/19/2022 09:58 - William A.

Can somebody tell me why the lottery chose to decrease the $20 dollar tickets from a 4 million dollar top prize to a 2 million dollar prize. I would have liked to been in that meeting. ThanksNC Lottery
Hi, William! We like to offer tickets with varying odds and prize structures to appeal to players across the board. Some tickets may have lower top prizes with better odds of winning or more prizes to be won, for example. We're sorry we missed the mark with you and we hope you've found another ticket or price point you enjoy!

6/19/2022 09:28 - Debra C.

I see someone asked why everyone takes lump sum. I absolutely would, need more now and who trusts that for 20 years you'll still be getting the money, government or some religious freak will seem the lottery a sin and somehow get it shutdown...seems to be the way this country is with everything these days, 1920 here we come!

6/19/2022 08:53 - Amy G.


6/19/2022 06:32 - Millicent R.

Congratulations and happy father's day

6/19/2022 04:57 - Geraldine C.

Congratulations what a blessing.I often wonder what happens when a social security recipient wins. Will that person loose their benefits?NC Lottery
Hi, Geraldine! This is a great question. This depends on how much the win was for and the individual's situation. Wins over a certain amount would be reported as income on a player's taxes, which could affect social security benefits after reporting.

6/19/2022 02:00 - Anita B.

Congratulations and Happy Father's Day to you and I hope that you and your wife enjoy your vacation because you both deserve it

6/19/2022 12:14 - lori j.


6/19/2022 12:05 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more wonderful wins. Enjoy your blessings.

6/18/2022 11:36 - Mary G.

Take your lovely wife to Maui. You'll both enjoy every minute! Congratulations and Happy Father's Day!

6/18/2022 09:29 - pamela l.

Congratulations to you both. Enjoy your vacation. Enjoy life

6/18/2022 04:47 - Monica S.

Congratulations on your blessing. To God be the Glory. NC Lottery, I'll see you all soon to cash in on my winning lottery ticket.

6/18/2022 04:26 - Larry H.

Good luck with your winning

6/18/2022 04:02 - MAURICE C.

It's nice he won but gosh 852 thousand out of 2 million. Can someone tell me why everyone who wins these big prizes always opts for the lump sum?

6/18/2022 03:58 - Michelle L.


6/18/2022 03:46 - John J.

Congratulations!!!! Happy Father's day!!!!

6/18/2022 03:44 - Gail G.


6/18/2022 03:26 - Latonya M.

Congratulations!! While is there so much taxes coming out? He won 2 mill an lump sum 1.2 that is already taxes them you tax again and he take home 800 thousand.. please explain the taxes?NC Lottery
Hey there, Latonya! When players win top prizes, they can choose annuity payments over 20 years or a lump sum up front. The lump sum is 40% less than the annuity payments - this accounts for interest that would be accrued over time with the 20 year payments, not taxes. Either way, minimum tax withholding (24% federal, 4.99% NC) would occur, it just depends on if it is all at once with the lump sum payments, or annually with annuity payments. Hope this helps to clarify!

6/18/2022 03:20 - Daniel J.

Congrats, just shows a person has to try and be good to themselves to receive good luck!

6/18/2022 02:31 - Esther C.

Congratulations!!! If he plans to go to Oahu, I have a FABULOUS "itinerary" of places to visit and eat. I have a friend who lives there, and the week I visited was jam packed!

6/18/2022 02:17 - Natalie R.

Wow! Congratulations!

6/18/2022 01:03 - Michael C.

Awesome! TGBTG! Happy Father's Day!

6/18/2022 12:46 - Sabrina D S.


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