Knightdale couple cashes $1 million lottery ticket
Posted January 11, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.