Davie County construction worker doubles his luck with $2 million win

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

After celebrating a $1 million lottery win in July of 2021, Pharris Frank a construction worker in Advance recently doubled his previous prize by winning $2 million on a $20 scratch-off.

“I called my wife and told her, ‘I did it again,’” Frank said in a press release.

Frank, 41, bought his lucky $2 -million Diamond Dazzler ticket from Handy House on Arendell Street in Morehead City while he was working away from home.

“It’s cool because the first time I won it was two miles from my house and this time I was four and a half hours away,” Frank said. “What are the chances of me being down there at that exact moment in time?”

Frank said he had a feeling he would win big again.

“It’s crazy because the day before I won, my buddy was asking me how it felt to win $1 million,” he recalled. “And I told him that I was going to double it.”

Despite predicting the win to his friend, Frank still had trouble believing it.

“I didn’t know if I was dreaming or not,” he said. “I was just in shock for a while.”

When Frank arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his prize, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $100,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $1.2 million. He chose the lump sum and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $855,006.

His first big win helped to pay for his dream wedding. After this win, he said he wants take his wife on a nice vacation.

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