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Knightdale couple cashes $1 million lottery ticket

Posted January 11, 2016

Susan Carroll won $1 million on an Ultimate Millions scratch-off ticket.

— Susan Carroll, an administrative assistant from Knightdale, was grocery shopping at the Food Lion on Wakelon Street in Zebulon Saturday when she decided to buy a $30 Ultimate Millions ticket from the self-service machine. It wasn’t until she got home that she realized she was a big winner.

“I did what I always do – put the groceries away,” Carroll said. “Then, when I scratched the ticket and saw the amount, I said, ‘That can’t be real.’”

But it was. Carroll called her husband, Ricky, to share the good news.

“I said, ‘Are you sitting down?’” she said. “I just wanted to tell you I think I won $1 million!”

Carroll had the option of $50,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose to take the money up front, and, after taxes cashed a check for $415,509.

Ricky Carroll, retired after 35 years of driving tractor trailers, said the couple would use the prize money to pay off their mortgage. 

Each is also looking at a new vehicle.

“We had already been talking about getting a new car for her,” he said. “And I might buy a horse trailer.”

Ultimate Millions offers the largest scratch-off prize in North Carolina history, and 12 prizes of $1 million and three top prizes of $10 million remain to be claimed.


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  • H Lee Dawson Jan 12, 2016
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    When taking the annuity, remember that inflation steady errodes the value of everything.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 11, 2016
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    What a wonderful surprise for her and her hubby! Even with the taxes, it's still a lot of Jack! I hope it brings them joy!

  • Nathaniel Hopkins Jan 11, 2016
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    are they getting divorced because of what the money did to them or would they have gotten divorced anyway? i wonder if there are a lot of lottery winners who wished they had not won anything at all.

  • Catherine Edwards Jan 11, 2016
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    My manager's husband won a million $ scratch off. Took him about 3 years to go through it all, now they are divorcing - 3 kids involved. Thought he was a concert producer, so he basically went unemployed.

    I told her buy 4 $100k house that produce around $1k rent/mth. You should have your original $400k back in 8-10 years and still have income producing properties. But, he didn't see it as their money, just his to blow. Hope this couple is smarter than that.

  • Kevin Weidner Jan 11, 2016
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  • George Herbert Jan 11, 2016
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    The annuity is not forfeited if you die. It is paid to your estate.

  • Patty MacRae Jan 11, 2016
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    Use it in good health!

  • Dave Roth Jan 11, 2016
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    Bought the ticket on Saturday and cashed it in today = no plan. I wish them the best, and $400K isn't a ridiculous amount of money, but I'll bet they end up with a lot more friends and family than they realized they had.

  • Brandon Manning Jan 11, 2016
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    The disclosure is required. Unfortunately you can't remain anonymous when it comes to winning the lottery.

  • Angel Bousquet Jan 11, 2016
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    Congrats and enjoy! I wouldn't want my name in the paper for winning the lottery, though. I wonder if disclosure is a requirement; I don't play so I don't know the rules.