Johnston County Couple Instantly Wins $1 Million

Gerald and Phyllis Callahan of Clayton are the latest North Carolinians to win $1 million in the $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler game.

The Callahans bought the $20 ticket at the Handy Mart on Wilson’s Mills Road in Smithfield on Thursday and brought it right to lottery headquarters to claim their prize. They had a choice between a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. They chose the lump sum, splitting the prize to take $300,000 each. After required state and federal tax withholdings, each took home $211,506.

The $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler game started in September 2017 with three $4 million top prizes and six $1 million prizes. One $4 million prize and two $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.