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Dunn resident wins $1M in lottery scratch-off game

Posted March 11, 2013

— Dunn resident Dianna Sills always dreamed of owning a house on the beach.

That dream should be no problem after Sills won $1 million in a lottery scratch-off game last week.

North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Monday that Sills’ brother bought a Ruby Red 7's instant ticket at the Kangaroo Express on Long Branch Road in Dunn.

She scratched off the $10 ticket Wednesday before starting her work day as a customer service sales representative.

“It’s like you’re in a dream,” Sills said in a statement released by the lottery. “I don’t really know how to explain it.”

Sills chose to take her winnings as lump sum of $600,000 after taxes, instead of annuity payments of $50,000 a year for 20 years, lottery officials said.

Sills said she was undecided about what she’ll do with the money, but the beach house is under consideration.
“The big thing I thought I’d always like to do is buy a house at the beach,” she said. “That was my dream.”

Lottery officials are still waiting for the winner of a $2 million Powerball ticket sold in Raleigh last week to come forward.

The lucky shopper purchased the ticket for Wednesday’s drawing at the supermarket on Leesville Road. The $3 Power Play ticket matched all five white balls but not the Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing, beating odds of 1 in 5.1 million.

On Tuesday, a Zebulon farmer claimed a $1.1 million Cash 5 drawing. It was the second win on the same game for Homer Buffaloe, who also split a $408,066 winning ticket in 2010.


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  • btneast Mar 12, 2013

    I would NEVER invest that kind of money. That's just me. Too risky. :-)

    Risk depends on HOW you invest it, not so much that you invest it. There's lots of different ways to invest it other than the stock market, which I am guessing is what you were referring to? Putting it into a simple savings account is investing.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Mar 11, 2013

    lew1967, I like the way you think. It is her money. If she wants to save it or blow it, that's up to her. I would NEVER invest that kind of money. That's just me. Too risky. :-)


  • peewee Mar 11, 2013

    I hope all good on they wins.

  • lwe1967 Mar 11, 2013

    Superman - the money belongs to her to do as she wants, not you. Yours is the more sensible thing, but, again, it's her money.

  • lwe1967 Mar 11, 2013

    Good for Dianna Sills!

  • superman Mar 11, 2013

    Figure on the property taxes and the insurance. You could use that and it wouuld pay the rent a couple times a year and you would have the bulk of your money in the bank. You have help when hurricane season comes to try to weatherproof the house as much as possible. You have help for the constant repairs? You might have to replace major appliances, hot water heater, heat pump, new roof. The maint. fee on my time share is $750. They decided to remodel this year. Assessed another %750 for the next 3 years which means that we have to pay $1,500 a year and we own a week. As you get older the beach and hot sun will be less and less attraction and you may have health issues that prevent you from driving. I much prefer to keep my money where I can get my hands on it. When you get ready to sell you going to have to take much less than you are asking just to get rid of it.

  • DaisyMae Mar 11, 2013

    Think of the nice places to rent at the beach and walk away from any upkeep, repairs etc, but have the memories of nice vacation and money left over for another one. No worries!...Just saying....

  • michaelllee11 Mar 11, 2013

    NC Lottery predetermine where they want these winning jackpot tickets to go. It amazing they they rarely have jackpot tickets in the Northeastern part of NC, as if the Northeastern part is not a part of the state. They want the hundreds of millions the residents of that part of the state spend, but yet rarely let them win.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Mar 11, 2013

    I could EASILY live off that, even after taxes and not work again! It's called being frugal and smart. The most important thing for me: No work! LOL!

    Congratulations to the winner. That kind of money can and does, go fast. SAVE it. Quit your job and enjoy being home.


  • ellengraham5660 Mar 11, 2013

    $1 million is NOTHING these days. I wouldn't dare blow and waste my money on some silly house on the beach that's subject to be blown away and have to be rebuilt over and over. What a wasteful sin. Use the money to take a nice vacation, pay off your bills, build a house here where you live and put the money to work for you. Invest, save it for your retirement. What little you will get after the government sucks you dry.