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Won $4 Million on a Brand-new Scratch-off Lottery Game But Took Half by Claiming it Quickly

An illustration of a lottery instant scratch and win scratchcard (PHOTO: ISTOCK)

A woman from North Carolina won $4 million in a brand-new scratch-off lottery game, but she only kept less than half of the winnings because she wanted the money right now.

Lucky to win but unlucky to claim. (Photo: Depositphotos)

On a $30 Black Titanium ticket, Diane Howard from Clinton, some 63 miles southeast of Raleigh, won millions through scratch-off lottery game.

Howard had one of the six $4 million winning tickets when the lottery was first presented in June. She purchased the scratch-off lottery game ticket at a Warsaw Circle K convenience store. Howard went to collect her award from scratch-off lottery game on Monday.

She had the option of taking a lump sum payment of $2.4 million or $4 million in annuity payments of $200,000 spread out over the following 20 years from scratch-off lottery game.

According to the North Carolina Education Lottery, in winning from scratch-off lottery game, Howard chose to accept the one-time payment and left with $1,710,009 after paying state and federal taxes. In addition, 16 $100,000 prizes from scratch-off lottery game were up for grabs when the Black Titanium game made its debut at the start of the summer.

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In the state’s easternmost little hamlet of Warsaw, Circle K, Diane Howard of Clinton, North Carolina, purchased her ticket to join scratch-off lottery game.

On Monday, Howard visited the lottery’s administrative office where she won from scratch-off lottery game, also where she had the option of claiming a lump sum payment or an annuity award of $200,000 over 20 years (before taxes). After deducting state and federal taxes, Howard chose the lump sum and received $1.7 million in his bank account from her win in joning the scratch-off lottery game.

According to lottery officials, there are four $4 million prizes and twelve $100,000 prizes from the Black Titanium game that are either still in stores or have been sold but have not yet been claimed by the winners of scratch-off lottery game..

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