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N.C.'s first $100K lottery winner plays it cool

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: N.C.'s first $100K lottery winner plays it cool

When Richard Garland scratched off his $5 N.C. lottery ticket Thursday in a Conover store, he wasn't quite sure how the game worked.

The Newton man initially thought he had gotten lucky and won $10,000. He was both lucky and wrong.

Garland had won $100,000 and became a part of state history as the lottery's first big winner after the games debuted Thursday.

He spoke Sunday, although the 54-year-old still seemed a bit dazed from all of the attention.

Garland had bought a $1 and a $5 scratch-off ticket at BJY FastStop convenience store. After he got home, his youngest son saw that the $5 Carolina Cash ticket might be worth the top prize of $100,000.

"Then I called Raleigh. I don't think they were expecting that so quickly," Garland said.

Lottery officials wouldn't confirm the winning amount until after he arrived at the Capitol on Friday.

Garland rents a home now but said he'd like to buy a house or put down a substantial down payment for one.

He's worked in shipping at a local furniture company for most of the past year. Garland hopes to take the next two weeks off and said he is considering taking a job out of state.

Just don't expect any other big lifestyle changes. "I don't see any point on changing who I am just because I won a couple of dollars," Garland said. After returning from Raleigh on Friday, he and his wife ate dinner at the same Chinese restaurant they go to each week.

BJY owner Yates Deal said he was glad to see one of his regulars win the prize and expects it will be put to good use. "He's not one to blow it the next day," Deal said.

He also sold a ticket worth $250 to a woman whose husband was fussing at her over the phone for spending $5 on the lottery. "I told him to shut up because she just won," Deal said.

As for Garland, he couldn't remember the last time something lucky happened to him. The odds of winning the top Carolina Cash prize are 1 in 2.88 million; a person is more than four times as likely to get zapped by lightning this year.

Garland's take, after state and federal taxes, comes to $68,002.

"That's $68,000 more than I had, so what was I to be disappointed about?" he asked.

And Garland is still pressing his luck. He bought a pair of $2 lottery tickets Saturday night but didn't win.

When he takes some time off, he said he may hit Harrah's Cherokee Casino in the N.C. mountains with his wife. Then, Garland chuckled and said, "I'll see if my luck's still holding."

Charlotte Observer

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Posted: April 3, 2006, 10:32 am - IP Logged

Congrats Mr. Garland !

I know the furniture industry is not too good right now, so this indeed is a blessing.

DD

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: April 3, 2006, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

    Congrats Mr. Garland !

    I know the furniture industry is not too good right now, so this indeed is a blessing.

    DD

    The furniture industry may not be around in several more years.It will probably succumb to cheap foreign labor.It will be cheaper to have the wood shipped overseas,built there,and shipped back,than to have it manufactured in the states.Not looking too good.

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      Posted: April 3, 2006, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats Mr. Garland !

      I know the furniture industry is not too good right now, so this indeed is a blessing.

      DD

      The furniture industry may not be around in several more years.It will probably succumb to cheap foreign labor.It will be cheaper to have the wood shipped overseas,built there,and shipped back,than to have it manufactured in the states.Not looking too good.

      I hear ya.

      Just like the textile Industry....

       

                                     

                    

       

       

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        "He also sold a ticket worth $250 to a woman whose husband was fussing at her over the phone for spending $5 on the lottery. "I told him to shut up because she just won," Deal said."

        I love it! I love it!  Maybe her husband was one of the ministers who said the lottery was sinful. LOL

         

         "It will probably succumb to cheap foreign labor.It will be cheaper to have the wood shipped overseas,built there,and shipped back,than to have it manufactured in the states.Not looking too good." NCPicks

        Until last summer I sold furniture in stores for about 7 years. It seemed like most of the furniture was made in China.  Even many of the leather companies will get the leather from Italy & other countries and have the labor completed in China. Materials for a variety of items are shipped from our country overseas and back because the labor is so cheap.

        I just thought of something that has nothing to do with furniture. Isn't it crazy that when you buy an American flag to hang outside your home out of patriotism, it's probably made in China?  I remember when I read that $35 million in American flags were imported after the 9/11 attacks. Sad, sad, sad.

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          Posted: April 10, 2006, 3:39 pm - IP Logged

          congrats to mr. garland.hope he enjoys his winnings......


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            Posted: April 11, 2006, 9:54 am - IP Logged

            I thought the novelty of the NC lottery would wear off by now with the lower payout % than neighboring states. I guess I am wrong.

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              Posted: April 11, 2006, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

              Not everyone lives within a few miles of the border.Therefore the money saved in driving helps keep money in NC.That's a good thing.