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Sanford man wins $1M in lottery game

Posted October 24, 2014 7:51 p.m. EDT

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— A Sanford man plans to use the $1 million prize he won after playing the $1,000,000 Jackpot game to bay bills and save for his son's education.

Shaileshkumar Patel bought the lucky ticket at a Value Mart on Carthage Street, a convenience store he has owned since 2006.

"I was shocked," Patel said. "My mind went blank and I couldn't think for a few moments. It's a great feeling to win. I'm so happy."

Patel claimed his prize in a one-time lump sum payment of $600,000. He received a check worth $415,203 after taxes were withheld.

North Carolina Education Lottery proceeds are used to help pay salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, school construction and repair, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.