North Carolina woman scores million-dollar win on scratch-off ticket

Published 10:49 am Thursday, April 7, 2022

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Dora Arzate-Bello, of Sims, took a chance on a $30 scratch-off and won a $1 million prize, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

The Wilson County woman bought the lucky Millionaire Maker ticket from Mr. S Tobacco and Grill on U.S. 264 Alt in Sims.

“When she arrived at lottery headquarters Monday [March 28] to collect her prize, she had a decision to make,” stated a press release from NC Education Lottery. “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 $426,069.”

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The Millionaire Maker game launched in March 2021 and Arzate-Bello became the 28th person to win one of the $1 million prizes.

For details on how money raised by the lottery made an impact in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.