Kill Devil Hills man wins $1 million in N.C. Lottery game

By on February 7, 2018

Craig Killgore of Kill Devil Hills had luck on his side when he played the Extreme Millions scratch-off game and won $1 million.

Killgore’s good fortune happened when he stopped by the Circle K on West Ocean Bay Boulevard in Kill Devil Hills and bought the $30 ticket.

He claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $423,015.

Extreme Millions launched in December 2016 with four top prizes of $10 million and 22 $1 million prizes. Two $10 million prizes and nine $1 million prizes remain.

Ticket sales from instant games like Extreme Millions make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for the state. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


  • stevejo


    Congrats Craig!!

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 10:02 am
  • John Towler

    I’m happy for Mr. Killgore and hope he enjoys his good fortune. But it needs to be pointed out that the “Education Lottery” here as elsewhere does not actually help education in the way most people think.

    Why does your local school still have annual bake sales, book drives and other fundraisers? Instead of using the money from lotteries as additional funding, legislatures use the money to pay for the education budget. They then spend the money that would have been used had there been no lottery cash on other things. Public school budgets, as a result, haven’t gotten a boost because of the lottery funding.

    As a simple example: let’s say your estimated education expenses for the year are $1,000,000. Your anticipated take from sales of “Education Lottery” tickets is $300,000. Instead of budgeting the $1,000,000, your slick legislature only budgets $700,000 with the lottery making up the difference.

    That’s not the way the Education Lottery is pitched to the public. Lottery money is generally thought to provide funding above and beyond what is budgeted for schools. Were that the case, we’d probably be having fewer discussions about everything from low teacher salaries to insufficient instructional materials. But state legislatures across the nation have pulled a fast one and the idea that the Education Lottery is this massive windfall for schools is a sham.

    Friday, Feb 9 @ 8:55 am
  • Pixie Wescott

    I as the parent of a Carolina almuni (currently in grad school) I can personally attest that my Cheyanne was awarded a lottery grant every single year of the four that she was in attendance. I know for a fact that some education monies are actually going where they were intended, and the Wescott family is grateful. Craig and Kristen, enjoy with my blessings.

    Sunday, Feb 11 @ 3:31 pm