$1 million lottery win leaves Forsyth County man standing in shock

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was shocked when he realized he won $1 million playing the lottery.

Tyrone Carethers won the prize playing 10th Anniversary Millions, according to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Carethers stopped to get a drink at the Speedway on Lewisville Road in Clemmons and decided to buy two of the $10 tickets. He scratched the first in the store, but didn’t win. He scratched the second when he got home and couldn’t believe what he saw.

“I was in shock,” Carethers said. “I just stood there for 10 minutes.”

Carethers claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum and after federal and state tax withholdings received $415,503.

He told lottery officials he will use the money to help with retirement and start a trust fund for his grandchildren.

10th Anniversary Millions launched in April with four top prizes of $1 million. Two top prizes remain.