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Rutherfordton man wins $4M lottery, joins friend in 'the millionaires' club'

Posted December 15, 2014

Photo Courtesy of North Carolina Education Lottery

— A lumber yard supervisor from Rutherfordton is the first player in the state to win $4 million instantly playing the $200 Million Blowout game.

With his win, Henry Smith became the third Rutherford County player to scratch off a seven-figure lottery prize.

Rodger Keith Melton, of Spindale, won $2.6 million in 2013. Dan Royal, of Forest City, won $5.2 million in 2013 and happens to be a friend of Smith’s, according to a news release from the North Carolina Lottery Education Lottery.

“I didn’t believe my eyes,” Smith said. “I never would have tried a $20 ticket if it wasn’t for Dan. He came over the day I won, looked at my ticket, and said ‘Yup. Welcome to the millionaires’ club.’”

A $4 million prize in the game can be claimed in 20 annuity payments of $200,000 or a one-time payment of $2.4 million. Smith chose the lump sum, worth $1.6 million after required state and federal withholdings.

For prizes of $5,000 and greater, 25 percent federal tax and 5.8 percent state tax are automatically withheld.

Smith said that his prize money will make it possible for him to pay off his all his bills, including his mortgage, make home improvements and take a vacation.

He bought his winning ticket at the Express Stop on West Mills Street in Columbus in Polk County.

Three more top prizes of $4 million, 14 prizes of $1 million – and many other prizes – remain to be claimed in the $200 Million Blowout game.



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  • Tim Pearce Dec 16, 2014
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    I think they should break up the Power Winnings so there would be more winners.. Who needs a hundred million dollars and how many could just really use 1 million.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Dec 15, 2014
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    The Federal Government gets 25% and does NOTHING for that money, so it goes right out of the state of NC. Then again, the winners to nothing for it either, since it isn't earned income.

  • USMC Vet Dec 15, 2014

    "With his win, Henry Smith became the third Rutherford County player to scratch off a seven-figure lottery prize."

    What are the odds on 3 from the same county winning 7 figure amounts?