BATH, N.C. (WGHP) — Ola Gurganus, of Bath, bought a $10 ticket and won a $1 million prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I was shocked, I really was,” she said of seeing her $1 million prize. “I really couldn’t think straight.”
Gurganus bought her ticket from the Bath General Store & Market on Carteret Street in Bath.
She claimed her prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
“I didn’t think I’d ever come to Raleigh to the lottery, but now I have,” Gurganus said. “And I hope I make it back!”
She had the choice of taking the $1 million as an annuity of 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000.
Gurganus opted for the lump sum of $600,000 and took home $424,503 after required state and federal tax withholdings.
She plans to share some of the prize money with her children.