Freeman purchased his lucky ticket from Quick Snack on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro.
He claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the option of taking the $4 million as an annuity of $200,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $2.4 million. He chose the lump sum and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $1,698,006.
The $4,000,000 Gold Rush game launched in August with three top prizes of $4 million and six prizes of $100,000. Two $4 million prizes and five $100,000 prizes remain to be won.