NC Lottery: Darrell Ratliff snags $2 million Prize

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Darrell Ratliff of Wadesboro knows what it feels like to become the first winner of a Premier Cash $2 million top prize of NC Lottery.

“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.