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Winner will use $2 million win to come back home to North Carolina

March 13, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:19 PM
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Brittaney Dominguez of Winfield, Ala. grew up in North Carolina and she said she will move back to the state with the help of a $2 million scratch-off win.

“Now I can buy my house and be back home,” Dominguez said.

Dominguez bought her lucky $20 Mega 7’s ticket from VGO 28 on North Reilly Road in Fayetteville. She took the ticket to her friend’s house and started scratching.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Dominguez recalled. “It didn’t really register.”

She said she immediately went back to the store to double-check the ticket.

“The store clerk gave me a huge hug,” Dominguez said. “I told her she was my good luck charm.”

When Dominguez arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect her prize, she had a decision to make. She could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $100,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. She chose the lump-sum amount of $1.2 million and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $854,633.

In addition to buying a house, Dominguez said she wants to invest some of her winnings, and potentially start a food truck as she has a passion for cooking.

Mega 7’s debuted in October with four $2 million prizes and eight $100,000 prizes. Two $2 million prizes and three $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

The N.C. Education Lottery’s Play Smart™ program educates and empowers North Carolinians to make smart decisions when they play the lottery. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and the lottery highlights Play Smart to help ensure when North Carolinians play the lottery it doesn’t become more than a game. Visit nclottery.com/PlaySmart to learn how the Play Smart program helps someone create a game plan to keep lottery play fun. If you or someone you know needs support, visit morethanagame.nc.gov/ for free, confidential help.


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3/16/2023 04:54 - Sabrina D S.

Congrats!!

3/15/2023 07:52 - Angelo P.

Congratulations ??

3/14/2023 06:04 - Nikki J.

Congrats to you! Yes it hurt when the lottery commission take their share, then taxes eat you out of house and home and you end up with less than half your winnings. Maybe for all you future winners, annuity is the better option; especially with today's economic crisis and impact on everyday life...NC Lottery
Hey there, Nikki! The lottery doesn't take a part of the prize off the top. The difference between the lump sum and the annuity would be earned on interest over the course of 20 years and used to pay out the prize to the winner! A top prize winner has the choice between lump sum or annuity - which would you choose?

3/14/2023 02:38 - george j.

Congratulations to you and your winning don't it feel good.......

3/14/2023 01:31 - DELORES W.

Congrats!

3/14/2023 01:12 - Linda M.

Congratulations ???????? That's awesome!! To bad the lottery didn't pay you the full amount you won!! As much money as they take in and then penalized you for collecting your prize!!

3/14/2023 09:34 - Jacmelly B.

Congrats! I lived across street from this store a few years ago. Nice little win from Westover area in Fayetteville!

3/14/2023 09:20 - roberta n.

Congratulations Brittaney, A wonderful blessing. Welcome back to North Carolina when you come back home. Enjoy your future new home and your dream food truck.

3/14/2023 07:12 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte and welcome back to North Carolina!

3/14/2023 05:03 - Carla M.

Best wishes with your win, CONGRATS!

3/14/2023 03:09 - Damian C.

Hey I was looking at Florida when you win a million they get 820,000 lump-sum why is ours literally half that thinks that’s actually insane I didn’t know it was that big of a differenceNC Lottery
Thanks for your comment, Damian! When players win a top prize, they have the option of choosing annual payments over 20 years or a lump sum payment up front. The difference between the annuity and lump sum amounts is 40% - this accounts for the interest that would be earned and used to pay out the prize over those 20 years. Regardless of the choice, we will withhold the minimum required tax amounts (4.75% for NC, 24% for Federal). Hope this helps to clarify!

3/14/2023 01:06 - Paula F.

Congratulations ??

3/13/2023 09:57 - Lionel C.

Congrats!

3/13/2023 09:38 - Billy S.

Congratulations!!! The best thing I have done is stop buying NC Education Lottery tickets. That's an even bigger win for me on the western side of Gastonia!!

3/13/2023 06:41 - Cade H.

I could not win the lottery if I was the only one playing haha

3/13/2023 06:02 - Margaret G.

I have never had a large win with NC lottery but congrats to you. I wish you all the luck with your new found wealth. I am extremely happy for all of those that get life changing wins and will keep my hopes high that maybe just one day it will be my turn. God bless and good luck or whatever path you take????????

3/13/2023 05:27 - mary b.

Congratulations on your BIG WIN.

3/13/2023 04:25 - Anita A.

Congratulations on your “BIG” win!

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