NC Lottery official on the integrity of the games
For the second time in three weeks, a North Carolina woman got stupefyingly lucky twice, when she got two winning lottery tickets.
It happened Sunday when Michelle Shuffler of Granite Falls won $10,000 with one scratch-off ticket and $1 million with another, purchased 22 miles away. Granite Falls is about 65 miles northwest of Charlotte.
The first ticket was purchased when she and her husband stopped at the Cubbard Express on Beecher Anderson Road in Lenoir.
“We don’t normally play the lottery,” Shuffler said in a statement. “My husband just happened to have some cash in his pocket. At the last second, he decided to buy a ticket.”
When Shuffler scratched the Million Dollar Fever ticket, she saw that it was worth $10,000. “I was in complete disbelief,” she said in a statement. “I still am.”
Feeling lucky, she and her husband decided later that night to get another scratch-off ticket, this time at the Murphy Express on Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls. It netted her $1 million.
“It’s quite astonishing. It’s a miracle!” she said in a statement.
She claimed both prizes Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. For the $1 million prize, she had the choice of taking 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the annuity and received her first payment of $50,000. After required state and federal tax withholding, she took home $34,753.
She will get an additional payment each year for the next 19 years. Shuffler plans to use the money to save for retirement and add to her children’s college funds.
The $10 ticket launched in August with five top prizes of $1 million. Two top prizes remain, said state lottery officials.
She’s the second North Carolina woman to win the lottery twice since the end of October. Kimberly Morris of Wake Forest won $10,000 with one ticket and $1 million with another, both in the Diamond Dazzler game. Morris had the option of taking a $1 million annuity with 20 payments of $50,000 or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum and took home about $417,000 after state and federal taxes.