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Lancaster County man to “create a brighter future” for his kids with $10 million lottery prize

May 24, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:30 AM

For James Belich of Lancaster, S.C., a regular lunch break turned “Supreme” when he won the top prize of $10 million playing the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches scratch-off.

“You never expect it,” said Belich. “You think maybe you’ll win something, but not $10 million. It’s unbelievable.”

Belich, who works as a logistics manager in Charlotte, was on his lunch break when he stopped by the Cigarettes & More on Pineville Matthews Road in Charlotte to purchase the lucky ticket. He started scratching in the store, and when he realized he was holding a winning $10 million ticket, he couldn’t wait to tell his family.

“When he got home, he was so shocked all he could do was hold the ticket up in front of my face,” said his wife, Emily. “Our two boys are too young to really understand. Our oldest is five and he thinks we won $20.”

Belich called his brothers, his best friend since childhood and his uncle in Raleigh to give them the good news. Then he drove to his mom’s house to tell her in person.

“You know, I’m one of four brothers,” said Belich. “My mom was a single mom. We’re all really, really close. It’s important for me to share this win with them. When I told her, we both just cried.”

Belich claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the option of taking a $10 million annuity that has 20 payments of $500,000 a year or a lump sum of $6 million. He chose the lump sum and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $4,245,009. Belich and his wife don’t plan on making any big lifestyle changes just yet and will use their winnings to pay bills and invest.

“We like where we live, it’s great to raise a family,” says Belich. “We may buy a few extra rounds for folks when we go out, but this prize will create a brighter future for our kids. That’s what’s important. It’s awesome, just a blessing.”

Belich is the first player to win the top prize since the $30 ticket launched in April with four $10 million prizes and six $1 million prizes. Three $10 million prizes and five $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.


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5/28/2019 06:16 - tina d.

Welp there goes my chance of winning here in Charlotte. I have no luck. I play the same number for pick 3 over and over then I miss a day and it comes out. I just want a big win. There are so many people without affordable housing in this area. Praying I win the Mega Millions tonight.

5/27/2019 11:45 - delilah t.


5/27/2019 10:49 - Mary G.

How wonderful that you want your family to benefit from this win. Invest and spend wisely and enjoy this amazing blessing!

5/27/2019 08:47 - Celia G.


5/27/2019 12:37 - shaking c.

My story is next. Congratulations

5/26/2019 10:15 - Glenna M.

What a blessing!! Congratulations! My families time is coming soon.

5/26/2019 03:44 - Lance B.


5/26/2019 09:52 - scott b.

I have bought 16 of these tickets from Durham to Charlotte and have not won anything. I do not believe the 1 in 2.93 odds!!! 16 tickets and nothing, sickening. NC Lottery
Hey Scott, A majority of winners do not live in any one area. Prize money is won more or less in proportion with how many people are playing for a chance to win. It's not easier or harder to win the lottery depending on where you live, the odds are the same. Good Luck!

5/26/2019 08:35 - cheryl c.

wha a grea win congrats

5/26/2019 07:29 - Evette W.

One Day I will win more than 5 dollars

5/26/2019 12:34 - jennie h.

Congratulations James, so happy for you and your family.

5/25/2019 10:22 - JIM B.

Just wondering if you could answer this question for myself and the wife. Is the 500,000 a year for 20 years on (this) ticket guaranteed to be paid out to someone? Say I live 5-years and the wife 5-years and the lawn mowing dude 5-years and so on-I believe most people could live quite well on the estimated net of 352,000 a year after taxes. It's crazy to give up that kind of money for a one time shot of 4.2 million vs 7.04 million if it is guaranteed! Just wondering. NC Lottery
Great question, Jim! Yes, the annuity option of $500,000 a year for 20 years is guaranteed to be paid out to the winner. If the winner passes away before reaching their guaranteed prize amount, then payment would be made to the estate of the deceased or to a person designated pursuant to a court order for 20 years.

5/25/2019 07:46 - Louis G.


5/25/2019 07:28 - ALMETA K.

great,but when are these scratch offs in charlotte gonna actually pay off?

5/25/2019 07:10 - Lori D.

This is so awesome and congrats to the single mom who raised a well humbled child. I am doing the same thing so this is beyond inspiring. Congrats again!

5/25/2019 04:56 - Zachary H.

$300.00 (consecutive, mind you)worth of Supreme Riches without One. Single. Winning. Ticket! NCEL sends people out to buy the large winning tickets! There’s no doubt in my mind, this guy has some kind of affiliation with the NCEL. If the NCEL had not gotten me addicted to gambling I would stop supporting their executive’s lavish lifestyles! NC Lottery
Hey Zachary, we're sorry you haven't had more luck playing our Supreme Riches scratch-off. We can assure you the NCEL does not solicit individuals to go and purchase our big winner tickets :) Where a big-winning ticket will show up is a matter of luck and when it will be claimed is anyone's guess... for all we know, a winner has scratched a top prize and is waiting to come forward or doesn't even know they've won. The NCEL only learns of winning tickets when a winner comes to claim their prize.

5/25/2019 04:36 - Johnny L.


5/25/2019 10:55 - Crystal H.

congratulations what a wonderful blessing for you and your family. I'm looking to win big too. lol

5/25/2019 08:07 - Jennifer W.


5/25/2019 07:53 - olethia b.

Congratulations. Hopefully my blessing is on the way!!!

5/25/2019 06:51 - Chester W.

Charlotte again! I want to see some changes for pick 4 and pick 3 play slips. Like south Carolina.

5/25/2019 02:42 - DL H.

Love this story. Amazing win. Congratulations

5/25/2019 12:18 - Kristi S.

Congratulations to you!!

5/24/2019 11:39 - Derrick k.

Loan me a dub lol

5/24/2019 10:57 - Darryl B.

Congratulations to you and your family. May it last for generations. Enjoy!

5/24/2019 10:38 - Tammy W.

Stop selling all the top prizes in Charlotte? NC Lottery
Hey Tammy W. We wanted to let you know the lottery doesn't know where the winning tickets are distributed until they are claimed since our ticket distribution is a controlled and secure process. We see lots of good luck all across the state, there's just lots of people taking a chance in the Charlotte area :) The odds actually remain the same no matter where you live in the state, but in population hubs (like Charlotte or Raleigh) there are more residents there which leads to more players and in turn more winners over time.

5/24/2019 09:40 - Thach V.

I'm so happy for you, your family and your mother! God has really blessed you again and again!

5/24/2019 07:11 - Sabrina M.

I thought it was time for someone to win. Congrats to you and your family. Enjoy!!!

5/24/2019 06:13 - Linda S.

To be able to share your happiness with your Family is truly a BLESSING!!A single Mother make her feel like a single QUEEN forever!!!GOD BESS YOU!! OOPS!!!Wife/Mother!!lol

5/24/2019 04:21 - Willie B.


5/24/2019 03:59 - lillian c.

Many blessings to you and your family. I love hearing how close you are with your brothers. That is genuine love. Can't wait to celebrate my big win with my loved ones!!!

5/24/2019 02:53 - Vicki G.

Congratulations on your big win!! So glad you get to share it with your family too! It's so much fun to play Santa Claus!! :)

5/24/2019 12:43 - Della B.

Congratulation, maybe one day I will get it.

5/24/2019 11:40 - Gregory F.

Congratulations James on your great blessing I know this is life changing. Enjoy your blessing and GOD Bless. Another big winner in Charlotte. Whish I could win something big to help me in my retirement.

5/24/2019 11:13 - Brenda S.

Way to go. Best of luck, with your winnings. Spend wisely.

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