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REGIONAL: Mecklenburg County man feels “Gr-r-reat!” after winning $110,000 jackpot

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Lonnie Graham of Charlotte is feeling better than good after winning Thursday’s Carolina Cash jackpot of $110,000.

“I’m like Tony the Tiger,” said Graham. “I’m Gr-r-reat!”

Graham bought the lucky $1 Quick Pick on Thursday at the Smoker’s Depot on South Tryon Street in Charlotte. When he went back to the store the next day to scan his ticket, he heard a sound he had never heard before.

“I heard the winning sound,” said Graham. “And I couldn’t believe it. My head just dropped.”

The owner of the store sat Graham down to give him the good news – how much he had won.

“He’s always joking around with me,” said Graham. “He said, ‘I know you won’t believe me, but you won $110,000.’ Then he took care of me, made sure I was all right before going home. That’s how in shock I was!”

Graham claimed his ticket Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholding, he took home $77,825. He plans to put the money towards retirement.