REGIONAL: Mecklenburg County man celebrates $1 million win

Andre Berrette took a chance on a $30 scratch-off and won a $1 million prize.

Berrette bought the lucky Millionaire Maker ticket from the Food Lion on Monroe Road in Charlotte.

When Berrette arrived at lottery headquarters Wednesday to collect his prize, 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 $426,069.

The Millionaire Maker game launched in March 2021. Berrette became the 26th person to win one of the $1 million prizes.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $62.6 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Mecklenburg County in 2021, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.