GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — When Dewey Smith, of Belmont, scratched off his 50X The Cash ticket and won a $1 million prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I couldn’t believe it to start with,” he recalled. “I kept looking at it and kept looking at it, and then I ran it through the scanner, and then I knew it was real.”
Smith bought his winning $10 ticket from the Kingsway on Market Street in Cramerton.
“I’m really excited,” he said as he claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters. “I just couldn’t believe it.”
Smith had the choice of taking the $1 million as an annuity of 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000.
He opted for the lump sum and took home $424,503 after required state and federal tax withholdings.