Moore County man wins $1 million in lottery
Posted September 3, 2013
Vass, N.C. — Dale Briggs, a resident of Vass in Moore County, was the first to win one of the five $1,000,000 prizes playing the 50X lottery game. Briggs plans to use his winnings to pay off his mortgage and send his two children to college.
Briggs learned of his big win on Sunday evening after purchasing his lucky ticket at the Exprezit store on U.S. 1 in Vass.
“I’m tickled to death,” Briggs said as he collected his winnings. “I feel awesome. This is a world-changing event for me.”
Top prize winners in the 50X The Cash game can elect to receive annual payments of $50,000 for 20 years or take a lump sum cash option of $600,000. Briggs chose the cash option and received a check for $408,003 after state and federal taxes were withheld.
Four of the top prizes remained to be claimed in the game as of Tuesday afternoon.
As of June 2013, the lottery has raised more than $2.9 billion to support education programs. The lottery completed its seventh straight year of record sales and record earnings for the state on June 30, recording a 5.8 percent increase in sales and an estimated 4 percent increase in earnings. Lottery dollars support teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction and repair projects, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, college scholarships and financial aid based on need and digital learning initiatives.
To see how lottery dollars have made a difference, go to the Where the Money Goes webpage at http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx