LEXINGTON, N.C. – A Lexington couple has won $10 million in the lottery, the largest scratch-off prize in state history.
Dale Summey and his wife Robin are the state’s biggest scratch-off lottery winners ever as they claimed the top prize in the Ultimate Millions game.
The win also ranks as the seventh largest overall prize won by a North Carolinian in the lottery, coming behind a $12 million Mega Millions jackpot win.
“It feels wonderful,” Summey said of his win, according to a statement provided by lottery officials. “But it is still hard to believe. It is. It’s wonderful, and it’s a blessing.”
Players who win the $10 million can choose to take the prize as an annuity, receiving $500,000 a year for 20 years, or as a lump sum of $6 million.
Summey and his wife chose the lump sum of $6 million. After state and federal taxes were withheld they received $4.1 million.
Dale Summey, who works as a roofer and handyman, said he and his wife would always talk about the things they would do if they ever won the lottery. Now, they’ll be able to decide what they really want to do with the money.