Kitty Hawk resident claims $1 million N.C. lottery prize

By on October 6, 2017

Vickie Woolard of Kitty Hawk is celebrating her good fortune after she won the last $1 million prize in the Ultimate Millions scratch-off game.

Woolard bought the $30 ticket at a Duck Thru on South Croatan Highway in Nags Head, according to a N.C. Education Lottery press release.

She claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She had the choice of taking a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000.

Woolard chose the lump sum, and after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $417,015.

The ticket launched in September 2015 with four top prizes of $10 million and 18 prizes of $1 million. All four top prizes have been claimed and Woolard claimed the last $1 million prize, which means the lottery will take steps to end the game.

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The NC lottery may have inadvertently expose more info about the winner than just their name and amount. The Federal government withholds 25% of lottery winners and state their 5.75% portion. Given that $583,000 was withheld, representing 58% of the total, the winner may already have a very large income, which is no one’s business but their own.


What a shame when you supposedly win a million dollars and your take home is $417,015. Why not just call it the rip off lottery or the $417,015 lottery? If I had supposedly won a million dollars and that was my pay out, I would be feeling really cheated.


I just looked at the NCEL website and sure enough your name cannot remain private. There is absolutely no reason for inflicted this punishment on a winner. The only out of this requirement is to produce a valid protective order or Address Confidentiality Program authorization card. If you don’t have one of these before you might need one after all of the grifters come along to squeeze you for money.


What is the benefit of forcing winners to publicly disclose their identities?
Maryland runs their lottery without this stupid requirement. I wish other states would follow.


Why in the world with this person (or paper) publish her name? When something like this happens you do not want anyone to know. Large lottery winnings sometimes don’t end well for the winners. Hopefully that is not the case here, but I consider this a poor start.

McGarrett. Smith

I think we need more jobs at the outer banks.