Salisbury man wins $1 million in state lottery

Published 9:24 am Thursday, February 12, 2015

RALEIGH – Kelly Gainey, a carpenter from Salisbury, plans to use the $1 million he won playing the Millionaire 7’s game to buy a new home, a truck and to travel around the United States.

“I’ve been almost everywhere in the country,” Gainey said. “Now that I have the money, I’m going to Hawaii, Alaska, Utah and Montana. And I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.”

Gainey purchased the lucky $10 ticket at S V Discount on Stokes Ferry Road in Salisbury on Saturday.

“Salisbury is a pretty lucky place for me,” Gainey said. “Last year I won $1,000 on a scratch-off. It was exciting but it wasn’t anything like this. It’s just now starting to sink in that I won a million dollars.”

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. Gainey chose the lump sum, worth $415,503 after required state and federal withholdings.

The Millionaire 7’s game went on sale on April 1, 2014. As of Tuesday morning, four $1 million top prizes and four $100,000 prizes remained to be claimed in the game.

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.6 billion for the state. 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.