North Carolina man wins $2 million with scratch-off ticket: ‘It’s overwhelming’

Published 9:08 am Sunday, May 22, 2022

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An Onslow County man took a chance on a $20 scratch-off ticket and won the first $2 million prize on the new scratch-off game, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I’m shaking,” said Ricky Futrell, of Richlands. “It’s overwhelming.”

Futrell bought the lucky $100 Million Mega Cash ticket from the Speedway on Richlands Highway in Richlands.

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“In collecting the prize, Futrell could choose an annuity of $100,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million,” according to a press release from NC Education Lottery. “He chose the $1.2 million cash prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $852,126.”

The $100 Million Mega Cash game launched this month with four $2 million top prizes and eight $100,000 prizes. Three $2 million prizes and all eight $100,000 prizes remain to be won.

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