NC Lottery: Willie Crosby Won $4 million Top Prize

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Willie Crosby of McLeansville struck gold when he won the last $4 million top prize in the $4,000,000 Gold Rush game.

Crosby purchased his lucky $20 ticket from Quick One Stop on N.C. Highway 66 South in Kernersville.

He claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Crosby 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, 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.  Crosby won the last top prize so the lottery will begin steps to end the game.