BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Yamir Bryant, of Arden, almost went to his regular store to buy a lottery ticket on Thursday night but decided to try a different store and ended up winning $1 million, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I always say I’m going to win a million dollars,” Bryant said. “I like to get a $30 ticket once in a blue moon”
The new spot where Bryant bought his lucky Millionaire Maker ticket was the CitiStop on Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville.
He waited a few hours then scratched the ticket with his wife, saw he had won and started celebrating.
“I ran around the house screaming like a little girl,” Bryant said. “I thought I was hallucinating.”
When Bryant arrived at lottery headquarters on Friday afternoon, he could choose to receive his prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000.
He chose the lump-sum amount of $600,000. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $426,069.
Bryant, a chef, plans to pay off his wife’s car, move and prepare for his sons’ athletic expenses for the next school year.
Where can I get the latest lottery numbers?
Watch lottery drawings on FOX8! Mega Millions airs at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball airs at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The NC Lottery airs at 11:22 p.m. every night.
You can also find the lottery results online on the FOX8 website.