Darrell Wessinger and Deborah Singletary of Selma are splitting $1 million they won by playing the $4 million Multiplier Spectacular game through the North Carolina Lottery.
They purchased the lucky $20 ticket at the Kangaroo Express on U.S. 301 South in Wilson.
A $1 million prize in the game can be claimed in 20 annuity payments of $50,000, or a one-time payment of $600,000. Wessinger and Singletary chose the lump sum, and each collected a check for $207,753 after required state and federal withholdings.
The $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular game went on sale on March 4, 2014. As of Thursday morning, two $4 million top prizes and four $1 million prizes remain to be claimed in the game.
Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.8 billion for the state, lottery officials said. Net proceeds will be used this year to help pay salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, for school construction and repair, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.