Wake County man cashes in on $1 million scratch-off prize

Hacene Talbi of Cary scored the top prize on a 50X The Cash scratch-off to win $1 million.

Talbi purchased his lucky $10 ticket from the Quality Mart on Chapel Hill Road in Raleigh.

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Talbi had a choice of taking the $1 million as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum and after state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $424,503.

50X The Cash launched in February with four top prizes of $1 million. One top prize remains to be won.

All Multiply the Cash games can also be entered into second-chance drawings on the lottery’s website. Prizes in the drawing include one $100,000 cash prize, eight $5,000 cash prizes, and 25 $500 cash prizes.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million per year for education. For details on how $62.6 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Wake County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.