NC man wins big on way home from work

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A North Carolina maintenance technician won big on the way home from work last Thursday.

He stopped at the Quality Mart on Hanes Mall Blvd. in Winston-Salem and bought an Extreme Millions ticket. He won his money back on a $30 prize.

“So I bought another ticket,” Bean said. “I said to the clerk, ‘Make me a winner.’“

He again matched one of his winning numbers for a prize and saw the $1 million amount. He looked up at the clerk with a question.

“I said to her, ‘Am I right?’” Bean recalled. “She said, ‘Oh my God!’“

Bean received his check at a celebration event held on Wednesday, December 13, at the lottery's regional office and claims center in Greensboro.

He won $415,509 after required state and federal withholdings.

Bean, a married father of two, said some of the prize money would be used to pay bills. He added that he and his wife might take a trip to Las Vegas.

Extreme Millions will create 30 winners of $1 million to $10 million, making it the biggest instant game ever offered in the state. With Bean’s win, 21 prizes of $1 million remain to be claimed. Also in the game are all four top prizes of $10 million, the largest prize that can be won on an instant ticket in the state. A $1 million prize will be awarded in each of four second-chance drawings.

Ticket sales make it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars a year for education. To