Charlotte man wins $1 million in lottery scratch-off game

A Charlotte man won a million dollars playing the Ultimate Millions scratch-off game, N.C. lottery officials said.

Jovonte Sellers plans to use some of the money to buy a new car and go on a family vacation to Hawaii, according to an N.C. lottery news release.

Sellers was getting gas at the Easy Shop on East W.T. Harris Boulevard when he bought the $30 ticket.

“I normally play the $1 scratch-off games,” Sellers told lottery officials. “But I just wanted to try something new.”

When Sellers scratched the ticket, “I kept asking myself if this was real,” Sellers said, according to the news release.

Sellers 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. He chose the lump sum and received $415,509 after federal and state tax withholdings.

Ultimate Millions launched in September 2015 with four top prizes of $10 million and 18 prizes of $1 million. Two $10 million prizes and six $1 million prizes remain to be won instantly.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak