McDowell County man wins $2 million lottery jackpot | Local News

From the NC Education Lottery

Robert Hamrick of Marion said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw he had matched a number with a $2 million prize on his scratch ticket.

“I really thought I was seeing things,” Hamrick said.

Hamrick, a 53-year-old factory worker, bought his lucky $20 Premier Cash ticket at the Shop & Save on NC 226 South in Marion. He said that after scratching the ticket at his house on Sunday morning, he showed the ticket to his wife so she could check it as well, according to a press release.

“She looked like she was about to pass out,” Hamrick said.

When Hamrick arrived at the lottery headquarters to collect his prize, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $100,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. He chose the $1.2 million lump sum and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, won $852,126, according to the press release.

Hamrick said he wanted to use some of the money to give back to his church. He said he also wanted to share the winnings with his family and do some work on his house.

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The Premier Cash game debuted in August with four top prizes of $2 million and eight prizes of $100,000. One prize of $2 million and two prizes of $100,000 remain to be claimed.

Scratch ticket sales allow the lottery to raise more than $900 million annually for education. A $15 million grant, using money raised from the lottery, helped McDowell County build the new Old Fort Elementary School. For details on other ways McDowell County benefits from lottery funds, visit and click on the “Impact” section, according to the press release.

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