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Clemmons man wins $1 million in N.C. lottery

B.A. Ray of Clemmons was having a relaxing Friday afternoon when he stopped at Carleton’s Tanglewood on Clemmons Road. That’s where he bought and scratched off a $20 ticket for the $200 Million Blowout game – and that’s when things got exciting. “Before I look at the prizes, I like to scratch the barcode and scan the ticket myself,” Ray explained Monday afternoon. “It told me I had to report to lottery headquarters, so I knew I had won at least $100,000.” “I always scratch the prizes from the bottom right-hand corner of the ticket,” Ray continued. “That’s where the $1 million prize was. I said, ‘Oh, hello!’” A $1 million prize in the game can be claimed in 20 annuity payments of $50,000 or a one-time payment of $600,000. Ray chose the lump sum, worth $415,506 after required withholdings. Ray, retired from restaurant management since 2000, said he planned to share his winnings with his two sons and granddaughter. “I imagine most of it will wind up in their hands,” he said.