For Susie and Dennis Marion of Garner, an ordinary morning routine instantly turned extraordinary when they got a Ruby Red 7’s scratch-off ticket and won $4 million.
“In the mornings, I go and get a scratch-off ticket while Dennis goes to Bojangles and gets a bacon and egg biscuit,” Susie said.
That’s exactly what happened when Susie stopped at the Breeze Thru on N.C. 42 West in Garner. While she was there, she decided to get a $20 Ruby Red 7’s scratch-off ticket. At first, Susie didn’t think she’d won anything.
“I scanned the ticket to check and it said, ‘Go to lottery headquarters,’” Susie said. “I asked the clerk what I’d won and he told me, ‘I think you just won $4 million!’ I couldn’t believe it. I was shaking, and started crying. It didn’t feel like it was possible.”
Susie immediately got her husband, a retired Marine veteran, and showed him the tickets.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Dennis said. “It felt incredible. It couldn’t come at a better time.”
Susie and Dennis drove straight to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim their prize. They had the choice of taking a $4 million annuity that has 20 payments of $200,000 a year or a lump sum of $2.4 million. They chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, they took home $1,668,030 million. They plan to use some of the money to go on a dream vacation to Hawaii.
“I’ve wanted to go to Hawaii for quite a while,” Susie said. “We’re going to take the grandkids. It’s going to be a great time.”
Ticket sales from games like Ruby Red 7’s make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education.
Congratulations Susie and Dennis!
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