‘It was just my time’: Kernersville man wins $1 million on scratch-off

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A lucky Kernersville man won $1 million with the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Extreme Millions scratch-off game.

On Thursday, Jimmy Bean left work and stopped at the Quality Mart at 800 Hanes Mall Blvd in Winston-Salem. He bought an Extreme Millions ticket and won his money back, according to a press release. When he did, he decided to buy another ticket.

“So I bought another ticket,” Bean said. “I said to the clerk, ‘Make me a winner.’“

Lottery officials say he again matched winning numbers for a prize, but this one much bigger than the last.

“I said to her, ‘Am I right?’” Bean recalled. “She said, ‘Oh my God!’“

Bean received his check on Wednesday at the lottery’s regional office and claims center in Greensboro.

Extreme Millions winners can claim the $1 million prize by taking 20 annuity payments of $50,000 or in the form of a one-time cash payment of $600,000. Bean chose the lump sum, which was worth $415,509 after state and federal withholdings.

With the money, Bean plans to pay bills and take a trip to Las Vegas.

“It’s pretty incredible,” he said. “It was just my time.”