‘That’s a million dollars right there,’ sister tells Anson County winner
“I had to get my sister to look to make sure my eyes were working,” Burns said. “She said, ‘Girl that’s a million dollars right there.’”
Burns, 72, bought her lucky 50X The Cash ticket from B&D Mart on N.C. 24/27 in Midland.
“I stopped at the station I normally use but the line was so long I decided to try another place,” Burns said. “My brother pumped the gas while I ran in and got my ticket.”
Her impatience became her good luck when she got home and scratched her ticket.
“It scared me to death when I saw I won because I was just so surprised,” Burns said.
When Burns arrived at NC Lottery headquarters to collect her prize, she had a decision to make. She could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump-sum amount of $600,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $426,063.
Burns said she wants to use her winnings to pay off her mortgage and planned to share some with her family.
The $1 million prize is the last top prize available in the 50X The Cash game that began in February 2021 so the lottery will start the process of ending the game. A new version of the game started this February with six $1 million prizes still available to be won.