A trip to North Carolina was a very good choice for one Virginia man. While on a trip to High Point, North Carolina a man by the name of William Blair of Lynchburg, Virginia tried his luck on a $10 scratch-off ticket.

He was on the way to visit some family and friends when he stopped at the Superior Foods on North Centennial Street in High Point. According to North Carolina Lottery.com, Blair won $1 million on a ticket featuring the 50X The Cash game.

“I was at a loss for words. My brother thought I was full of it! I kept the ticket with me in my sleep.” Blair said. “I’m still processing.” When he arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his prize, Blair could choose to receive the prize as an annuity of $50,000 over 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump-sum amount of $600,000 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $426,063. Blair plans to save money for retirement and “spoil” his niece with his winnings.

List of the Top 10 Mega Millions Jackpots Ever Won

  • 10. $451 million

    On January 5, 2018, a ticket was pulled for $451 million and won by Secret 007, LLC, of Port Richey, Florida. Congrats!

  • 9. $516 million

    Wow! On May 21, 2021, a big $516 million ($349.3 million cash) was won by the Peace of Mind Trust in Pennsylvania.

  • 8. $522 million

    On June 7, 2019, a big ticket was won at a whopping $522 million ($340.0 million cash). This was won by Laarni Bibal with a ticket purchased in San Diego, California.

  • 7. $533 million

    On March 30, 2018, $533 million was won by Richard Wahl of Vernon, New Jersey.

  • 6. $536 million

    On July 8, 2016, $536 million was won by Warren D, LLC, of Indiana.

  • 5. $543 million

    On July 24, 2018, a big $543 million was won by an 11-member Santa Clara County (Calif.) office pool. Way to go!

  • 4. $648 million

    On December 17, 2013, two people got to split $648 million. The two winning tickets ($324 million each) were Steve Tran of Northern California and Ira Curry of Stone Mountain, Georgia.

  • 3. $656 million

    On March 30, 2012, a massive $656 million jackpot was won by 3 lucky people. The 3 winning tickets ($218.6 million each) were taken home by Anonymous in Ottawa, Kansas, Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Illinois, and The Three Amigos in Milford Mill, Maryland.

  • 2. $1.050 billion

    The pandemic treated someone very well at least. On January 22, 2021, $1.050 billion ($776.6 million cash) was won by the Wolverine FLL Club of Oakland County, Michigan.

  • 1. $1.537 billion

    Right next door on October 23, 2018, a total of $1.537 billion was won by an anonymous player in South Carolina. Amazing.

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