REGIONAL: Anson County man snags first $2 million Premier Cash prize

Published 11:35 am Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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RALEIGH –Darrell Ratliff of Wadesboro knows what it feels like to become the first winner of a Premier Cash $2 million top prize.

“It was an amazing feeling,” he recalled of winning. “I couldn’t believe it. I’m just really excited.”

On Friday, Ratliff purchased his winning $20 ticket from the Top Mart on Camden Road in Wadesboro.

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Ratliff had the choice of taking an annuity of $100,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. He chose the $1.2 million lump sum and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $849,006.

“It really means a lot to me,” said Ratliff.

Premier Cash launched in August with four top prizes of $2 million and eight $100,000 prizes. Three top prizes and eight $100,000 prizes remain to be won.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs like Premier Cash make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education.

Anson County received $15 million in money raised by the lottery to help build the new Anson Middle School. For details on other ways Anson County benefits, visit and click on the “Impact” section.