REGIONAL: Mecklenburg County man wins first $1 million top prize in new game

Published 11:52 am Friday, July 14, 2023

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Jerry Mullins of Pineville tried his luck on a $10 scratch-off and won the first $1 million prize in a new scratch-off game.

He bought the lucky Multiplier Mania ticket from the Food Lion on Johnston Road in Charlotte.

When Mullins arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday, he had a decision to make. He could choose to receive the 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 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $427,503.

Multiplier Mania debuted last month with six $1 million top prizes. Five $1 million prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how $61.8 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Mecklenburg County last year, visit and click on the “Impact” section.