“It was an amazing feeling,” he recalled of winning. “I couldn’t believe it. I’m just really excited.”
On Friday, Ratliff purchased his winning $20 ticket from the Top Mart on Camden Road in Wadesboro.
He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
Ratliff had the choice of taking an annuity of $100,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. He chose the $1.2 million lump sum and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $849,006.
“It really means a lot to me,” said Ratliff.
Premier Cash launched in August with four top prizes of $2 million and eight $100,000 prizes. Three top prizes and eight $100,000 prizes remain to be won.