I won a $1million lottery ticket – but I didn’t even take home half the winnings

A WOMAN in North Carolina has won the lottery, but she’s not taking home nearly as much money as her ticket suggests.

The woman took home just under $430,000 from the lucky Millionaire Maker ticket.

A North Carolina lottery winner took home far less than the $1 million bill suggests


A North Carolina lottery winner took home far less than the $1 million bill suggestsPhoto credit: Getty Images

Still, the woman was happy about her winnings when asked about it by WYFF4.

“I thought I was going to faint,” said Eunice Brown upon finding out she’d won.

“I felt really numb.

“My son said, ‘I don’t mean disrespect, but you’re lying'”

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Brown originally bought the winning ticket for $30.

Winning Millionaire Maker tickets are worth $1 million.

She had two payment options — a $50,000 annuity paid over 20 years or a $600,000 lump sum.

Brown opted for the lump sum payment—after taxes, she received $427,509.

Brown told the site she would use the money to pay bills and share with other family members.


Lottery winners often take home less money than advertised.

Winning tickets have multiple forms of payment and are subject to high taxes.

Winners who opted for lump sum payments, like Queens’ Maojun Cheng, typically take home a fraction of the winnings.

Cheng received $6,122,400 for a $10 million winning ticket.


Some winners have made a list of problems they encounter after receiving their winnings.

Sandra Hayes shared a $224 million Powerball jackpot in 2006 and said people around her started behaving differently.

I had to endure people’s greed and need and I was trying to get them to give them your money,” Hayes said of her experience.

“It caused a lot of emotional pain.”

Other winners, such as Danny Chasteen and his girlfriend Susan Rick, had to sue the issuing parties to receive their winnings.

Chasteen had to wait years to get his $250,000 from the state of Illinois because the state left his check in limbo during the 2015 budget negotiations.

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Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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