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NC man is second person in hometown to win $1 million in a week

Jun 29, 2021, 7:22 am

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By Kate Northrop

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina player became the second person in their hometown to win a $1 million prize within less than a week.

Although the two Thomasville winners did not win on the same game, they won an equal amount of $1 million within less than one week of each other.

Mario Paniagua Garcia of Thomasville happened to pick out a lucky "Jumbo Bucks" scratch-off ticket for $10 at the Cross Road Curb Market on Blair Street in Thomasville over a week ago. Last Thursday, June 17, he stopped at North Carolina Lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim his prize, which came out to be $424,503 after state and federal taxes.

Garcia won the fourth top prize out of eight available at the game's launch in April. Just a week later, Thomasville had its second winner of $1 million, but in a different instant game.

Rodney Everhart, also of Thomasville, bought his winning ticket at the Eagle Mart on Baptist Childrens Home Road in Thomasville. He picked out a ticket from the $30 "Millionaire Maker" game, which is the Lottery's first scratch-off to offer 30 $1 million prizes.

The retailers are within a ten minute drive of each other.

"It's very exciting," Everhart told the Lottery. "It's a big, huge blessing."

Everhart won the 15th top prize in the game and also chose to take the lump sum equal to Garcia's $424,503 after taxes when he visited Lottery headquarters last Monday.

The winner revealed that he plans on using the prize money to first pay off his house and some bills.

"Then I'll be able to do some things for my mother and father and immediate family," Everhart explained. "And go out West to Colorado and Montana and elk hunt!"

Who knows, maybe Thomasville will have its third winner soon. After all, third time's the charm.

In addition to the four remaining top prizes of $1 million in the "Jumbo Bucks" game, there are nine out of 16 second prizes of $50,000 remaining and 18 out of 30 third prizes of $10,000 left.

In the "Millionaire Makers" game, there are 15 out of 30 $1 million top prizes left to claim, with six out of ten second prizes of $100,000 and 12 out of 20 third prizes of $20,000 still in the game.

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CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
Central TN
United States
Member #121187
January 4, 2012
5321 Posts

Congrats gentlemen.  Thumbs Up  Enjoy your winnings !

Integrity: There is just no substitute.

    Gallatin Tennesee
    United States
    Member #194096
    November 29, 2018
    48 Posts

    Wow!! The Millionaire Maker game has 30 one million dollar prizes? What tha........? They need to quickly bring that game to my state, and every other state.

    I Agree!

      hlamb's avatar - batman47
      United States
      Member #116796
      September 19, 2011
      18 Posts

      Florida has a ticket called The Fastest Road to 1 Million and it had 155 $1 million dollar tickets.


        sully16's avatar - sharan
        Dr.President Elect
        United States
        Member #81738
        October 28, 2009
        87766 Posts

        Congrats to the Lucky guy, Enjoy. Cheers

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          sweetie7398's avatar - flower2

          United States
          Member #22701
          September 30, 2005
          13877 Posts

          Congrats winners Party

          Life, love, family Love

            Miami Florida
            United States
            Member #191036
            July 13, 2018
            290 Posts

            I'm surprised no one in the Comments mentioned that over HALF of the Million Dollar win went to TAXES! :( O.O So incredibly sad....:(

            "What's your ADDRESS?" May be the CREEPIEST question EVER asked to a Lottery Winner! O.O WTF?

              United States
              Member #23834
              October 16, 2005
              4432 Posts

              Maybe that's because less than 1/3 was withheld for taxes.