Man wins $1 million lottery jackpot in grocery run at Food Lion

A man who stopped at a Food Lion to shop also bought a $30 scratch lottery ticket. He’s glad he shelled out the money because his decision won him a $1 million jackpot, North Carolina lottery officials said Thursday.

Andre Berrette bought the winning Millionaire Maker scratch ticket at the Monroe Road store in Charlotte, according to a lottery press release

The Charlotte man beat all odds of 1 in 2.95 millionaccording to the Millionaire Maker page on the lottery’s website.

When he claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Wednesday, Berrette had a choice of a $50,000 annuity over 20 years or a $600,000 lump sum. He won $426,069 after choosing the lump sum, lottery officials said.

Berrette did not tell authorities what he could do with the money. He could not be reached by The Charlotte Observer on Thursday.

He was the 26th person to win the top Millionaire Maker prize since the game launched in March 2021, according to the lottery.

This month, the lottery announced two more winners of the first Charlotte-area Millionaire Maker prize.

Kelly Wyatt of Statesville hit the jackpot with a ticket she bought at Fast Phil’s on Mocksville Highway in Statesville, and Daniel Jenkins of Lincolnton won in a Millionaire Maker second chance draw, according to press releases from the lottery.

This story was originally published March 17, 2022 3:15 p.m.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.

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