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Hendersonville man becomes 13th $1 million winner in new game

May 21, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:07 PM
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If Thursday had been a typical morning for Charles Browne of Hendersonville, he would not have ended up on a 500-mile round trip to Raleigh to collect a $1 million lottery prize.

Browne typically begins his day with a stop at Norm’s Minit Mart on Kanuga Road in Hendersonville where he gets a Red Bull and his favorite lottery ticket.

“I will usually play Extreme Cash,” Browne said. “They were out of it so I said let’s go with my second favorite game and that’s how I ended up with the $1 million ticket.”

He said he scratched the $30 Millionaire Maker ticket in the store’s parking lot and “freaked out for a while” when he saw his big win.

Browne had the option of taking the $1 million as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum of $600,000 and took home $424,509 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

He said he plans to pay off bills, but hasn’t decided how to use the rest of his prize money.

“I’m just going to put it in savings for a while,” he said, “let myself realize I have this at my disposal, and make a logical and reasonable decision later on how best to use it.”

Millionaire Maker is the Education Lottery’s first scratch-off to offer 30 $1 million prizes. Browne became the 13th person to win one of those $1 million prizes. Seventeen $1 million prizes remain to be won.


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5/24/2021 12:35 - Casselle W.

THE THINGS YOU'RE WAITING AND HOPING FOR TEND TO ARRIVE AT THE MOST UNEXPEXCTED MOMENTS. STAY POSITIVE AND CONGRATS ON YOUR BLESSING!!

5/24/2021 06:29 - Zelda L.

congratulations

5/23/2021 10:26 - MICHAEL B.

Congratulations!! Wonderful!

5/23/2021 10:19 - george j.

Congratulations Wow just like that!!

5/23/2021 09:43 - elizabeth j.

Wow! Congratulations. My turns coming.

5/23/2021 08:55 - Catherine S.

Congratulations

5/23/2021 10:46 - Diane M.

Congratulations

5/23/2021 08:14 - margie r.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Now you can cruise into retirement.

5/22/2021 07:54 - joann f.

Congratulations

5/22/2021 06:37 - Kathleen M.

Be happy and make others happy smile are worth millions.

5/22/2021 11:59 - Anthony C.

Congratulations just waiting on my lucky day i really could use even ten thousand dollars so pray my day comes soon

5/22/2021 11:17 - Natalie R.

Congratulations??

5/22/2021 11:08 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

5/22/2021 10:40 - Henry B.

Congrats sir

5/22/2021 09:41 - William A.

Go Charlie Browne!

5/22/2021 12:50 - Clint G.

Has anyone took the annuity on the million dollar prize? NC Lottery
Yes sir, they sure have.https://nclottery.com/NewsBlogDetails/2021/3/16/Johnston-County-man-says-finding-1-million-prize-was-awesome

5/21/2021 09:42 - Bernice C.

So happy for you, enjoy your win keep well.

5/21/2021 08:42 - Anita A.

Happy for your win!:) Congrats

5/21/2021 07:47 - Debra K.

HAPPY DANCE!!~~~!!~~~!!~~~!!!!!~~~~~!!!!!

5/21/2021 06:34 - Anthony L.

That's Awesome I live in Hendersonville and that one of my favorite scratch I going to be the 14th

5/21/2021 04:14 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins.

5/21/2021 03:11 - Steve H.

Just waiting for my time.

5/21/2021 02:29 - Denver G.

Congrats Charles B. Cheers to another WNC winner!!!!

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