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Pender County man bags $5 million lottery prize

November 2, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:26 PM
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Joseph Johnson of Rocky Point tried his luck on a $30 scratch-off and won a $5 million prize.

Johnson bought his lucky $5,000,000 Ultimate ticket from the Lowes Foods on South College Road in Wilmington.

When Johnson arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday, he could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $250,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $3 million. He chose the lump sum of $3 million and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $2,137,509.

The $5,000,000 Ultimate game debuted in March with five $5 million top prizes and 15 $100,000 prizes. Three $5 million prizes and eight $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.


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11/06/2023 07:34 - Steve L. P.

James P., I hope you win a big prize. I'm looking for one too. I can feel it coming.

11/05/2023 09:47 - bobby c.

Out of 5 million you only got 2 million. Where did the other 3 million go?NC Lottery
Hi, Bobby! With this prize, the winner could choose to receive the $5 million prize as an annuity of $250,000 over 20 years, or a lump sum up front of $3 million. This winner chose $3 million up front. Regardless of what a winner chooses, we are required to withhold the minimum state (4.75%) and federal (24%) taxes. But whether a winner chooses an annuity prize or lump sum is up to them! Which would you choose?

11/04/2023 07:49 - james p.

i am going to be a winner' very soon. i just believed that.

11/04/2023 03:32 - Darryl J.

Good Job Waiting on my turn!!!!!!

11/04/2023 02:02 - Steve H.

Great,waiting tooo win.

11/04/2023 12:03 - MICHAEL B.

Awesome!! Wonderful!!! A blessing for you and your family.

11/04/2023 09:21 - Roger K.

Can you imagine, 2 million,one hundred thirty seven thousand,five hundred nine dollars at your finger tips! Wow! If I had just a 100,000 of that, that will work for me!

11/03/2023 10:46 - Sandra B.

One of these days I will get that feeling

11/03/2023 06:10 - Gloria C.

Awesome ! Enjoy your win.

11/03/2023 05:29 - Paula F.

Congratulations ????

11/03/2023 03:15 - Gary M.

Congratulations ????

11/02/2023 10:49 - Vivian p.

Way to go Joseph.Congrulations on your winnings. Enjoy

11/02/2023 07:26 - Douglas H.

THE ULTIMATE WIN!!!! Congratulations!!!

11/02/2023 02:47 - Mark S.

OUTSTANDING!!

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