May 3 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man said he had good reason to be "shocked" at winning a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket -- he previously won the same amount in 2018.
Max Bouldin of Trinity told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he decided to try his luck with a $10 Jumbo Bucks scratch-off ticket from the Trindale Mini Mart in Trinity.
Bouldin said scratching off the $1 million top prize gave him a sense of deja vu, after previously winning $1 million from an Extreme Millions scratch-off ticket in July 2018.
"I'm just shocked," Bouldin said of winning his second $1 million prize. "I'm in awe. This is a one in a million chance."
Bouldin said the reality of his luck is still setting in.
"I feel so blessed," Bouldin said. "By winning this one here, it is definitely a blessing."
The winner chose to take his winnings as a $600,000 lump sum, taking home $424,503 after required state and federal tax withholdings.
"I'm very grateful," he said. "I just can't believe this."