Sampson County Man Wins $1 Million Prize

RALEIGH ā€“ Earl Smith of Clinton tried his luck on a $10 scratch-off ticket and won a $1 million prize.

Smith purchased his lucky Jumbo Bucks ticket from the Express Market #3 on Russell Street in Clinton. He claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

He had the option of taking the $1 million prize as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum of $600,000 and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $424,503.

Jumbo Bucks launched in April with eight top prizes of $1 million. Two more remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million a year for education.

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