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Text message leads Chapel Hill woman to ‘Colossal’ $1 million win

August 30, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:23 AM

Sue Manchester of Chapel Hill said a text message led her to a $1 million lottery prize.

“My coworker texted during my lunch break on Friday to ask me to pick up a Red Bull,” said Manchester, an estimator for an electrical contract company.

Manchester went to her normal place to get gas but said it was, ‘too busy.’ Instead, she stopped at the Eagles on U.S. 15-501 North in Chapel Hill and bought a Colossal Cash scratch-off ticket.

“I grabbed the Red Bull and then noticed I had a $20 and a $10 bill,” Manchester said. “I decided to get one of the tickets since my coworker has been winning on it recently.”

She took the ticket back to her office and scratched it.

“I saw the symbol and was like, ‘No. This doesn’t happen.’” Manchester said. “I showed the same coworker and he said, ‘Sue you just won $1 million’. I still didn’t believe it. It’s very serendipitous. Especially since I rarely get scratch-off tickets.”  

Manchester claimed her prize Wednesday at lotter headquarters in Raleigh. 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 $423,010. She plans to use some of the money to pay off her car.

Manchester is the first player to win a big prize playing Colossal Cash. The $30 ticket launched earlier this month with four top prizes of $10 million and 16 prizes of $1 million. All top prizes and 15 $1 million prizes remain. Players can also enter their Colossal Cash tickets into one of five second-chance drawings for a $1 million prize.


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9/16/2018 10:15 - Roslyn K.

Start a lottery pool with your friends, family, or coworkers. Will save you money!

9/09/2018 01:11 - jackie w.

I am with Zachary, bought 5 tickets in a row and not 1 winner. Nice profit for someone in the lottery right.NC Lottery
We can assure you that people are winning prizes, Jackie. We wish every ticket could be a winner, but that is where prize money comes from. Odds of 1 in 4 do not mean you're guaranteed to win a prize if you buy several tickets in a row. Winning and non-winning tickets are distributed at random throughout the entire game. Best of luck to you.

9/04/2018 12:51 - Zachary H.

Here’s some sound advice, save your money! 13 tickets in a row and not even a break even winner! That’s not just “bad luck”, that’s false advertising on the odds! Keep a look out for Elvis, cause you have a better chance of seeing him that win anything from NC Lottery! NC Lottery
Hey Zachary, It's important to remember that the odds are set at the beginning of the game when millions of tickets are printed. Odds of 1 in 4 do not necessarily mean you're guaranteed to win a prize if you buy several tickets in a row. Winning and non-winning tickets are distributed at random throughout the entire game. Best of luck to you.

9/04/2018 10:21 - Sharonda M.

Honey nut Cheerios congratulations on your win I'm next up for the win play as often I can. gotta be in to win

9/03/2018 08:23 - Dwight M.

Congrats ms lady. Gd 4 U. Hey lottery officials. Sure be having a lot of winners in eastern part of state. Keeping the money close to home huh..

9/03/2018 05:32 - Zelletta G.


9/03/2018 09:51 - Ben H.

Congratulations to all the winners. I'm next.

9/03/2018 06:54 - Sharonda M.

I sure hope I win play all the time

9/02/2018 09:41 - charles m.

She was a white woman that Don't even hardly play the Lottery and won that much Money, because of the white Geographical location. blacks Are discriminated on with the Lottery, the commission takes Money from black geographical Location to pay off white Winners. NC Lottery
Hi there Charles, A winning ticket has no clue who bought it, it's just a matter of luck. Playing the lottery is a choice for each player to make and it is open to everyone in North Carolina.

9/02/2018 06:37 - Dion A.

I would like to ask if multiple players can claim a winning scratch off ticket and also Lucky For Life? NC Lottery
Yes. But only one person can claim the "For Life" prize in Lucky For Life. If there is a group claim for the $1,000 A Day For Life prize or the $25,000 A Year For Life Prize, it must be taken as a lump sum.

9/01/2018 06:55 - Linda S.

Sue did you give the coworker that ask you to go the store some of your winnings

9/01/2018 07:38 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

9/01/2018 06:32 - Gary C.

Congratulations Sue!!! Sometimes Lady Luck and fate deal you a winning hand.

8/31/2018 05:02 - Michael B.

Best wishes, Mrs. Manchester on your new financial gain. Just goes to show everyone it's about timing and luck. She was at the right place, chose the right ticket , at the right time.

8/31/2018 04:16 - ERIC T.

I think it's funny how the western side of the state keeps winning but what about the Eastern side I guess you have to go near Raleigh to win big anymore haven't won anything big yet still got the lucke rewards drawings but I haven't won anything off that yet or the second chance no biggie

8/31/2018 11:28 - Tabitha V.

Awesome! Spend it wisely.

8/30/2018 10:02 - Mary M.

GOD Bless you dear!!!

8/30/2018 09:01 - glenda p.


8/30/2018 05:25 - JIM B.

Very true very true Denver! I get a kick out of these people all the time saying it's a blessing from God when in reality they and myself will have to answer to it one day.

8/30/2018 02:30 - Denver G.

Even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in awhile. Just luck. Praying to god that you win while using your rent money on lottery is not the way to go. Saying that a win is a blessing from god doesn't seem right. The bible does not condone gambling.

8/30/2018 11:16 - William N.

Congratulations and GOD has truly blessed you. When did Chapel Hill become the "western part of the state" Gregory F?

8/30/2018 10:46 - Bernica Y.

Congrats on your blessing Sue!

8/30/2018 10:07 - Gregory F.

Congratulations to your new found blessing. Enjoy your blessing from GOD. Another big winner in the western part of the state

8/30/2018 10:06 - Maudese T.

Congratulations...It was your time...Enjoy

8/30/2018 09:42 - Demetrius M.

That's awesome

8/30/2018 09:32 - Audrey F.

Congrats enjoy your winnings

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