Washington man wins $1 million lottery prize
WASHINGTON, Beaufort County - Jay Elkin had a lot to "whoop whoop" about.
The Washington resident won a $1 million prize, before taxes, on Tuesday through the $200 Million Blowout scratch-off ticket. He said he plans to pay off his home equity loan and catch up on some bills.
"When I get the money in my hand, and get home, I'm going into the backyard and go, 'Whoop! Whoop!'," Elkin said at the Lottery office in Raleigh.
Elkin, who works overseas as a consultant on e-cigarettes, was home alone when he scratched off the winning card, claiming one of the game's $1 million prizes. 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.
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.
Ticket sales from instant games like $200 Million Blowout make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in Beaufort County, click on the "For Education" section of the lottery's website.