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Henderson man says 'million dollar dog' helps him win $1 million lottery prize

Posted July 23, 2019 3:56 p.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2019 4:13 p.m. EDT

— Moises Duarte attributes his recent $1 million lottery prize to his shih tzu.

“He’s my million dollar dog,” Duarte said in a press release issued by the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I never would have stopped for a lottery ticket if it wasn’t for him.”

Duarte, who lives in Henderson, stopped Saturday at a Buy Quick Food Mart on West Cornwallis Road and bought a Red Hot Million$ ticket for $10 on his way to pick up his dog at his sister's house in Durham on Saturday.

When he started scratching off his ticket, he said he couldn't believe he won, according to a press release.

Duarte claimed his prize Monday at the North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Instead of taking a $1 million annuity with 20 payments of $50,000 a year, he chose a lump sum of $600,000. After required federal and state tax withholdings, Duarte took home $424,503.

He said he plans to purchase a new house and a purple Chevy truck with some of the money, according to a press release.

Three more $1 million prizes remain. Duarte is the first player to win the Red Hot Million$ top prize.

The North Carolina Education Lottery says it has raised more than $650 million a year for education from games like the Red Hot Million$.