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Charlotte man decided to buy a $10 lottery ticket at a gas station. He’s glad he did.

Wesley Blanchette of Charlotte decided to buy a “$2,500 Frenzy” scratch-off lottery ticket and won $1 million.
Wesley Blanchette of Charlotte decided to buy a “$2,500 Frenzy” scratch-off lottery ticket and won $1 million. N.C. Education Lottery

A Charlotte man decided to buy a $10 lottery ticket at a gas station in Belmont and ended up winning a million bucks.

Wesley Blanchette bought the winning $2,500 Frenzy scratch-off ticket at the Murphy USA on Caldwell Farm Road.

He was the second recent million-dollar lottery winner in the Charlotte region.

On Oct. 29, Tracy Reynolds felt lucky when he won $60 on a scratch-off lottery ticket at Murphy Express in Lincolnton. He decided to buy another one and won $1 million.

Reynolds beat odds of 1 in 780,000, while Blanchette beat odds of 1 in 1.8 million.

Blanchette claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday. 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. He chose the lump sum. After state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $417,009, lottery officials said.

The $2,500 Frenzy launched in July with four top prizes of $1 million. Two top prizes remain.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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