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Charlotte man bucks big odds to claim $1M lottery prize from this Eastway Drive store

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Gudiel Lopez of Charlotte is celebrating a $1-million win for playing the Extreme Millions scratch-off game.

He bought the $30 ticket at a Cornor Mart convenience store on Eastway Drive. (Yes, Cornor Mart, not Corner Mart.)

No photos or details on Lopez were included in a statement posted on the lottery’s website.

Lopez claimed his prize Wednesday 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.

Lopez chose the lump sum.

Tickets for Extreme Millions are $30 each, the most expensive of the lottery's scratch-off tickets. Odds of winning $1 million on the game are 1 in 780,000. Its top prize offering of $10 million has odds of 1 in nearly 4.3 million.

Extreme Millions launched in December with four top prizes of $10 million and 22 prizes of $1 million.

Ticket sales from games like Extreme Millions made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $634 million for the state last year.

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