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‘Whoop, whoop’ goes $1 million lottery winner

December 14, 2017 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:55 AM
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Jay Elkin of Washington, N.C. says a $1 million prize he won instantly on Tuesday means he can pay off his home equity loan and catch up on the bills.

Elkin, who works overseas as a consultant on e-cigarettes, was home alone when he scratched a $200 Million Blowout ticket and found out he had won one of the game’s $1 million prizes. “Disbelief,’ he said when asked about his feelings at that time. “Just absolute disbelief.”

Elkin said he sent a photo of the lucky ticket to a friend in Hong Kong, asking “Is this real?” He said his friend sent back a smiling emoji.

As Elkin claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, he had a choice of taking a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $417,012.

“When I get the money in my hand, and get home,” Elkin said, “I’m going into the backyard and go, ‘Whoop! Whoop!’”

Elkin purchased his lucky ticket at Cratches Mini Mart on N.C. 264 West in Washington. So far players have claimed three of the game’s four $4 million top prizes and 14 of the 16 $1 million prizes. 


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12/17/2017 05:44 - Theresa C.

Congratulations!!!!! I'm going to be the next $1 million winner!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have Faith, Faith, Faith!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/17/2017 01:55 - Jacqueline E.

love seeing people win, but no one ever wins big around where I live in Bladen County.

12/17/2017 10:17 - Gayle T.

Congrats to all!Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and best of luck playing the ncel!!!

12/17/2017 07:59 - Charlotte R.

This app is clunky on iPad. I like t because I can double check if I won. But it’s a pain to use

12/17/2017 01:40 - sandra l.

Congratulations....

12/16/2017 11:31 - juan m.

Are the monthly drawings a scam? I have 300-500 entries for some and have never won a penny. NC Lottery
Juan- That is a lot of entries, but keep in mind it only takes one to win. And some of those drawings have hundreds of thousands of entries.

12/15/2017 07:15 - carolyn b.

@ ADAM C....I HAVE BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE APP ON MY PHONE ALSO....I HAVE SHUT EVERYTHING DOWN AND RESTARTED STILL WOLDNT WORK...SAYS WEB PAGE NOT AVAILABLE NC Lottery
Carolyn-We're sorry you're running into problems using the app. If you call try calling our customer service at 1-877-962-7529 someone should be able to help you.

12/15/2017 12:40 - David W.

No top prizes claimed (year to date) for players in the 8 westernmost counties(Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Transylvania, Jackson, Haywood). What's up with that NCEL? NC Lottery
Hi, David. You've reached out to us a couple times this year, and we always reply with the same information that we hope will help provide useful context for you. A small percentage of all North Carolinians live in the western counties you just mentioned. It is not harder to win the lottery there, there are just fewer people taking a chance to win. If you were to move to Charlotte you would have the same chance of winning, just more neighbors. If you play the lottery, please do it knowing it takes luck to beat the odds to win a prize big or small.

12/15/2017 11:34 - david w.

Congrats

12/15/2017 10:48 - Barbara G.

Congrats

12/15/2017 10:12 - adam c.

What's up with the mobile app mine keeps crashing ?! NC Lottery
Hi there, Adam. We are not experiencing any wide spread problems with the app. Have you tried closing out of the app completely? If you still run into issues, try calling our customer service at 1-877-962-7529

12/15/2017 07:36 - KEYDRICK T.

Wow what a early christmas present.

12/14/2017 02:38 - carolyn b.

I NEED HELP....I BOUGHT 6 SUPER TICKETS 2DAY....WON ON 3 OF THEM...ON 1 OF THEM I WON 30.00 BUT THE BAR CODE IS MESSED UP THE OTHER 2 SCAN ON MY PHONE BUT THE 30.00 ONE WONT..IF I TAKE IT 2 A STORE IT PROBABLY WONT SCAN THERE EITHER....SO HOW AM I GONNA GET MY MONEY.... NC Lottery
Hi there, Carolyn. First, make sure you sign the ticket. Then try claiming at a retailer. If that does not work, no worries. We handle torn, wet, etc. tickets all the time. You just have to mail in the ticket to claim, and you will receive a check for the amount won. You can visit our website here https://www.nclottery.com/ClaimPrizes for details on how to claim that way.

12/14/2017 12:51 - judy w.

Congrats

12/14/2017 12:42 - anthony f.

Congratulations!!!!

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