RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Local) — A great-grandmother in North Carolina struck it rich on Christmas Eve, declaring “It’s a miracle!”
Dorothy Martin said she was sitting in a convenience store parking lot when the numbers on her “Extreme Millions” scratch-off lottery ticket started adding up to a $10 million win.READ MORE: UPDATE: Investigation Underway Into Fatal Freeway Shooting On I-580 In Oakland
“I started at the bottom,” Martin said, according to a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I didn’t match any of the numbers. When I got to the top I closed my eyes and scratched. When I opened them I couldn’t believe it. I just thought, ‘Could this be real?'”
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Martin had purchased the ticket at Number Three Handy Mart in tiny Grover, North Carolina. She went back inside and asked the clerk to double-check the ticket.
The ticket was real and Martin claimed her prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She chose the lump sum and took home $4,230,069 after required state and federal tax withholdings.
“It’s a Christmas Eve miracle,” Martin said. “I still can’t believe this is happening.”MORE NEWS: COVID: Muni To Suspend 'Short' Line Service Citing Vaccine Mandate Staffing Issues
Martin plans to use some of the money to buy a new house. She also plans to help her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.