A North Carolina man who won a $1 million jackpot on a scratch-off lottery ticket said he would not have won if the shop hadn’t run out of his favourite ticket.
Charles Browne, of Hendersonville, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he stopped into Norm’s Minit Mart in Hendersonville for a Red Bull and a lottery ticket, but he found the store was sold out of his favorite scratch-off.
“I will usually play Extreme Cash,” Browne said. “They were out of it, so I said let’s go with my second favorite game and that’s how I ended up with the $1 million ticket.”
Brown said he scratched off the $30 Millionaire Maker ticket in the parking lot and “freaked out for a while” when he discovered the top prise of $1 million.
Brown mentioned that he intends to pay his bills and then consider what to do with the remaining funds.
“I’m just going to put it in savings for a while, let myself realize I have this at my disposal, and make a logical and reasonable decision later on how best to use it,” he said.