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Franklin County woman wins first $1 million prize in new game

September 19, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:58 AM

Linda Smith of Youngsville tried her luck on a $10 scratch-off ticket and won the first $1 million prize in the new Red Hot Millions game.

Smith bought her lucky ticket from ET’s Quick Stop on N.C. 96 in Youngsville.

When Smith arrived at lottery headquarters Monday, she had a decision to make. She could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump-sum amount of $600,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $427,503.

Red Hot Millions debuted this month with four $1 million prizes. Three $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.


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9/26/2023 12:01 - Natalie R.

WoW !! Congratulations

9/26/2023 07:40 - Roger K.

9/20/2023 04:21 - CYNTHIA A., I hear you girl,I don't see how they can spend to win. I know I cannot do it like that. Guess that's why I haven't won anything. Will keep playing draw games for right now! Good luck to you all.

9/23/2023 03:49 - Latandra V.


9/22/2023 08:43 - steven b.

hey lady,enjoy the blessing!! have some fun.

9/21/2023 08:45 - Koresha M.


9/20/2023 09:35 - Sally S.

Congratulations. I'm glad you get to relax for the rest of the year if you want to.

9/20/2023 04:21 - Cynthia A.

Congratulations! Sure would be nice to win $400,000. Alot of people are in the same situation as me...we just can't afford to purchase 100s of dollars in lottery tickets every day. Not sure how people afford it with the economy being in the state it's in now. Can barely afford groceries. But I guess some people are going to play that lottery and then worry about eating.

9/20/2023 08:11 - Angela A.

I guess this the month of repeats on the pick 3! 221 again why not 222 or 231! An still no instant $5 WIN LOL NCEL

9/20/2023 01:34 - Trudy G.

Congratulations Mrs Linda Smith

9/19/2023 10:38 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Linda,enjoy your winnings. Have fun!!

9/19/2023 06:52 - Joe S.

Congrats from Charlotte! :)

9/19/2023 05:10 - Bobby D.

Always your winners west I95 nothing passed east of I95.

9/19/2023 02:57 - Douglas H.

Woooooo Hoooooo that’s a huge blessing. Congratulations

9/19/2023 12:44 - Kimberly s J.

Congrats to you.

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