‘Yee-haw! Great God Almighty,” Salisbury man says after winning $4 million in state lottery

Dennis Powell of Salisbury is the first player to win $4 million playing the Ruby Red 7s scratch-off game, state lottery officials said.

“Yee-haw! Great God Almighty,” Powell said of his win.

Powell, who owns a car dealership, beat odds of 1 in 1.8 million.

He bought the $20 Ruby Red 7s ticket at Mike’s convenience store on South Main Street in Salisbury. At first, he didn’t believe it when he saw the winning numbers.

“I had to look at it a couple of times,” Powell told lottery officials.

Powell claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the option of taking a $4 million annuity or a lump sum worth $2.4 million. He chose the lump sum. After tax withholdings, he received $1,662,006.

He plans to use some of the money to take his wife to The World Series of Poker Championship in Las Vegas, lottery officials said.

Ruby Red 7s launched in June with three prizes of $4 million and four prizes of $1 million. Two $4 million prizes and three $1 million prizes remain.

Ticket sales from games such as Ruby Red 7s raised more than $600 million for the state last year.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak