James Miller of Greensboro said the $200,000 he won on a $5 scratch-off ticket will help him buy a new home.

Miller said it was “a big surprise” when he scratched his Black Diamond 7s ticket and saw the big prize. He bought his ticket at the Graham Shell Family Fare on South Main Street in Alamance.

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $141,501 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education. For details on how $32 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Guilford County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.