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A newcomer to North Carolina did a lot during his first week in the Tar Heel State, according to the NC Education Lottery.
Jeremy Hartzell, a new resident of Asheville, North Carolina, won the $1 million lottery prize last week after buying a $10 Big Cash Payout ticket at a Quick Mart convenience store in Marshall.
The 25-year-old father of two told the NC Education Lottery he just “felt the urge” to buy a scratch-off, and that impulse paid off.
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Hartzell picked up his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and decided to take a $600,000 lump sum instead of a $50,000 annuity over 20 years.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, Hartzell took home $426,063.
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“This couldn’t have come at a better time in my life,” Hartzell told the network.
Hartzell said she wants to use her earnings to help her children. He also plans to buy a house instead of renting.
The Big Cash Payout game debuted in December 2021 with four $1 million prizes and Hartzell won the $1 million final prize. The lottery will now begin the process of ending the Big Cash Payout game.
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The NC Education Lottery said ticket sales from the scratch-off games raise approximately $2.5 million a day for education.