Beaufort County man wins first $4 million prize in new game

Published 10:17 am Wednesday, July 19, 2023

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From NC Education Lottery

RALEIGH – Durwood Dixon Jr. of Washington took a chance on a $30 scratch-off and won the first $4 million prize in the new Black Titanium game.

Dixon bought his lucky ticket from Mom’s Grill on John Small Avenue in Washington.

When Dixon arrived at lottery headquarters Tuesday, he had a choice to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $200,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $2.4 million. He chose the lump sum of $2.4 million and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $1,710,009.

The Black Titanium game debuted last month with six $4 million prizes and 16 $100,000 prizes. Five $4 million prizes and 16 $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how $3 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Beaufort County last year, visit and click on the “Impact” section.