A Winston-Salem woman became the first person to win the $4 million top prize in a new lottery game, state lottery officials said Monday.
Serenah Arnett bought the $20 ticket at a Walmart on Brookberry Park in Winston-Salem, the N.C. Education Lottery said. Arnett claimed her prize Monday at the state lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
Arnett chose the lump sum payout of $2.4 million, lottery officials said. After state and federal taxes were withheld from that amount, Arnett took home $1.69 million.
Winners of the top prize have an option to take the $4 million annuity in 20 payments of $200,000 a year or in the lump sum, lottery officials said. The 100X The Cash game began in February with three top prizes of $4 million and six $1 million prizes.
Two $4 million and all six $1 million prizes have yet to be claimed, lottery officials said.
Ticket sales from lottery games such as 100X The Cash raises more than $600 million a year for public education in North Carolina, lottery officials said.