Carl Izzard of Pineville tried his luck in the July 29 Mega Millions drawing and won a $1 million prize.

Izzard bought his lucky $2 Mega Millions ticket from Adam’s Mart on Elm Lane in Charlotte. He matched all five white balls to win the $1 million prize. The odds of matching all five white balls are 1 in 12.6 million.

He arrived at lottery headquarters Wednesday to collect his prize and, after federal and state tax withholdings, took home $710,101.

Ticket sales from Mega Millions make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how money $62.6 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Mecklenburg County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.