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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lottery officials on Friday revealed the winner of a $1 million second-chance drawing lottery prize.

Rodney Queen of Kernersville won the prize after entering his losing Carolina Gold ticket in a second-chance drawing.  He claimed it Friday morning at the N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Queen works as a counterman at a car dealership in Greensboro.  His second-chance win was pulled randomly from a pool of more than 700,000 entries, officials said.

“Is this real?” Queen asked when he learned of his win. “Oh my goodness. Have you ever seen a 43-year-old man cry?”

Rather than choosing an annuity of $50,000 a year for 20 years, Queen opted to receive the instant lump sum of $680,000. After taxes, the winnings amounted to $462,403.

“Pay off a few bills, kids’ college fund, and I’ve got an old truck with 204,000 miles on it,” Queen said. “So I will get a new truck, a family vacation and then after that just put it away and save.”

The prize is the largest that’s ever been given in a second-chance drawing in the state, officials said.

Second-chance drawings are a component of some instant lottery games in which non-winning tickets can be entered into a drawing for another chance at winning.

Officials said that, since the lottery began through June 30, 2011, Forsyth County education programs received more than $63.7 million in lottery funds.