David Chestnutt of Clinton won the first of five $1 million prizes on the new scratch-off ticket.

A Clinton man is celebrating big today, after he won $1 million on a North Carolina Education Lottery Carolina Jackpot scratch-off game ticket.

David Chestnutt won the first $1 million prize to be awarded on the new Carolina Jackpot scratch-off game. He bought the ticket at the Am Station on Southeast Boulevard in Clinton on Tuesday.

Chestnutt chose the lump sum prize of $600,000, and after his required state and federal tax withholdings, he walked away with $426,063. He could have taken the annuity prize, and received $50,000 a year for 20 years.

The $1 million prize is the first of five available on the Carolina Jackpot game. It launched earlier this month, and has a second-chance opportunity, allowing the tickets to be entered into a drawing for a rolling jackpot. The more that are entered, the higher the jackpot grows.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million a year for education. In May, the state announced that Clinton City Schools would receive nearly $900,000 in money raised by the lottery for roofing for three elementary schools. For details on how $4.8 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Sampson County in 2021, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.


Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.