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Scratch-offs with dad land Chapel Hill man $1M lottery prize

Posted March 26, 2018 4:20 p.m. EDT
Updated March 26, 2018 4:23 p.m. EDT

— An outing with his father led a Chapel Hill man to winning a $1 million lottery prize.

Mario Lopez stopped by Calvander Food Mart, on Dairyland Road in Chapel Hill, on Friday night and bought a $10 Carolina Millions scratch-off ticket.

"I don’t usually get scratch-off tickets," Lopez said Monday. "Since my dad was with me, I decided to get some so we could play together."

When he scratched his ticket, Lopez said, he couldn’t believe what he saw.

"It felt like I was having a heart attack," he said. "We were speechless. This is life-changing. Let’s just say it’s been a very long weekend."

Lopez took the lump sum prize of $600,000, and he took home $423,009 after taxes. He said he plans to use some of the money to pay bills and invest the rest.

Carolina Millions launched in October 2016 with eight top prizes of $1 million. Two top prizes remain.