Man buys winning lotto ticket from Sharpsburg store

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SHARPSBURG — A $2 lottery ticket sold at Sharpsburg Grocery on Hathaway Boulevard will bring one Nash County man a lifetime of luck.

DaQuawn Griffin of Rocky Mount won an annual $25,000 prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Lucky for Life game, lottery officials announced Friday.

Griffin, 33, will receive the yearly payment for the rest of his life. The average male life expectancy in the United States is 79, and Griffin would have collected a total of $1.15 million at that age.

“I took the annuity because I just had a newborn,” Griffin said in a lottery news release. “And that’s the best decision for me and my family.”

Winners also have the option of taking a one-time cash payout of $390,000, the equivalent of 15.6 years of annual payments.

Griffin took home $17,315 after federal and state tax withholdings and received his check on Friday.

Griffin said he’s “a big fan of the game” because he likes the “for life” prize the game offers and the odds for winning them, according to the lottery release.

The odds of winning the Lucky for Life game’s prize were one in 1.8 million.

Players win the $25,000 annual prize by matching all five white balls. Griffin is the 11th player in North Carolina to claim the game’s second prize since the game started here in February 2016.

In all there are 10 ways to win a prize playing Lucky For Life, which is offered by 25 U.S. lotteries. The game’s top prize is $1,000 a day for life. Drawings are held each Monday and Thursday night.