Rodney Emory of Hillsborough won the top prize of $4 million playing $150 Million Cash Explosion.
Emory bought the lucky $20 ticket at the Quality Mart on U.S. 70 in Hillsborough.
Emory claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had a choice of taking the $4 million as an annuity of $200,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $2.4 million. He chose the lump sum and after tax withholdings took home $1,698,006.
The $150 Million Cash Explosion ticket launched in October with four top prizes of $4 million and six $1 million prizes. Two $4 million prizes and four $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.
Ticket sales from instant games like $150 Million Cash Explosion make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for the state. For details on how $7.9 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Orange County, visit the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.