Charlotte-area woman wins NC Lottery jackpot before breakfast

Pamela Griffin from Marshville says she was “completely stunned” when she showed her husband a winning lottery ticket as he was cooking breakfast for their children.

“I was just in shock,” Griffin told North Carolina Education Lottery officials in Raleigh on Monday.

Griffin, 55, gave her $10 Big Bucks Bingo and a Fast Play ticket for a jackpot of $263,465. At first, Griffith thought she had just won $20, but the amount kept growing, lottery officials said.

When Griffin told her husband, he didn’t believe her until he saw the ticket.

“He thought I was crazy or something,” she said.

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Pamela Griffin, 55, of Marshville hit a jackpot of $263,465 on a $10 Fast Play ticket. Her husband didn’t believe her until he saw the winning ticket. NC Education Lottery

She bought her ticket at the Food Lion on Marshville Boulevard in the Union County town about 45 miles southeast of Charlotte. She claimed her prize Monday in Raleigh and won $187,089 after taxes.

Griffin has a daughter who is about to start college, so she plans to use some of the earnings to help pay for her education, she said.

Fast Play’s progressive, rolling jackpot grows with every ticket sold until it’s won. A $10 ticket, like Big Bucks Bingo, receives 100% of the jackpot amount. The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 240,000, according to lottery officials.

Griffin is the second Charlotte area lottery winner so far this week.

MArjorie Grier of Charlotte shared a jackpot of $470,974 in Thursday’s Cash 5 draw.

Grier bought his Quick Pick ticket at Smoker’s Depot on South Tryon Street. She claimed her prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters and won $167,220 after taxes.

The other winner is from Durham, lottery officials said.

Cash 5 tickets cost $1 and draws are held nightly, according to the lottery’s website.

This story was originally published February 23, 2022 6:25 a.m.

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