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RALEIGH — Marion Nellum of Rocky Mount, the North Carolina Education Lottery’s first $1 million winner of 2018, said her win means her dream of a cross-country train trip can come true.
“I’ve always wanted to take a train trip across the country,” Nellum said. “Now I can!”
Nellum’s good fortune happened when she stopped by the EP Mart on Benvenue Road in Rocky Mount the Saturday before Christmas and bought a $10 Big Money Super Ticket.
“I was feeling sorry for myself because my holiday vacation request got denied,” said Nellum, who works in customer service. “I decided I was going to spoil myself and get a scratch-off ticket.”
When Nellum scratched the ticket, she couldn’t believe it.
“I had to take it home and get the magnifying glass to make sure I was reading it right,” Nellum said.
She claimed her prize Tuesday at lottery 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 $417,009.
The $10 game launched in December with four top prizes of $1 million. Two top prizes remain.