Moises Rodriguez of Clayton won $1 million playing Ultimate Millions, a scratch-off game that’s part of the N.C. Education Lottery.
Rodriguez, a landscaper, said it took him a while to believe he actually won. “I had the clerk check it,” he said. “But I still didn’t believe it.”
He believed it after he claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum, and after federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $415,509.
Rodriguez said he plans to take some time before deciding what to do with the money. He bought the $30 ticket at the Valero Express Way on N.C. 42 in Clayton.