Eastern North Carolina man snags $5 million on scratch-off ticket

Published 1:28 pm Monday, May 2, 2022

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A Winterville man tried his luck on a $30 scratch-off ticket and became the first winner of a $5 million prize in a new lottery game, according to a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Mario Delgado bought his lucky 200X The Cash ticket from the Speedway on North Memorial Drive in Greenville.

When the Pitt County man arrived at lottery headquarters Friday to collect his prize, he had a decision to make: receive the prize as an annuity of $250,000 over 20 years or as a lump sum of $3 million. Delgado chose the lump-sum amount of $3 million and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $2,130,309.

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The 200X The Cash game debuted in March with six top prizes of $5 million and 18 $100,000 prizes. Five $5 million prizes and 15 $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

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