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Greenville woman wins $1 million scratch-off


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Greenville woman said she’s been “living in a dream” ever since she won a $1 million lottery prize on Tuesday.

“It just doesn’t feel real,” Teresa Green said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Green, who cleans houses, stopped at the Duck Thru on Greenville Boulevard in Greenville on her way to work. She bought a Million Dollar Fever scratch-off ticket, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release.

“I didn’t even take it to my car to scratch it,” Green said. “I scratched it on the ice box. I saw the ‘24’ and the ‘24’ and was like, ‘This can’t be right.’ I took it back to the clerk and asked her to scan it. She told me I needed to go to lottery headquarters and my heart just fell to my feet.”

Green drove straight to Raleigh and claimed her prize on Tuesday afternoon. She had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $423,009. She plans to use some of the money to buy a family boat.

The $10 ticket launched in August 2017. Green became the fifth person to win a $1 million prize. Since she won the last top prize, the lottery will take steps to end the game.

Ticket sales from instant games like Million Dollar Fever help the lottery raise more than $600 million dollars a year for education, according to the news release.

Pitt County received $9.7 million in lottery funds in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, according to the N.C. Education Lottery website. About $5.7 million went toward non-instructional support including the salaries of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers, according to the lottery website. The remaining amount was spent on the following:

  • $1.6 million on school construction.
  • $1.4 million which allowed 268 Pitt County four-year-olds attend prekindergarten classes.
  • $726,275 funded 637 scholarships for high school graduates attending a state university or community college.
  • $248,059 provided support grands to 1,197 Pitt County graduates who needed help covering college costs.

 For details on how $9.7 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Pitt County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.