Aurora man wins $1,000,000 lottery prize

Published 4:47 pm Thursday, December 16, 2021

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Jamea Reed of Aurora tried his luck on a $30 scratch-off ticket and won a $1 million lottery prize.

Reed bought his winning Millionaire Maker ticket from Terry’s Mart on N.C. 33 East in Aurora. He claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Reed had a choice of receiving his 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 $424,509.

The Millionaire Maker game launched in March with 30 $1 million top prizes and 10 $100,000 prizes. Reed became the 22nd person to win one of the $1 million prizes. Eight $1 million top prizes and four $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how money raised by the lottery made a difference in Beaufort County in 2020, visit and click on the “Impact” section.