CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WGHP) — John Gerenza, of Charlotte, wanted a cigar, so he stopped at a grocery store, bought a Powerball ticket and walked out with a ticket that would win him $1 million, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release.
Gerenza’s $2 Quick Pick ticket, bought at the Harris Teeter on South Tryon Street in Charlotte, matched numbers on five white balls in Saturday’s drawing to win $1 million.
He claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters.
After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $710,101.
“Obviously I was ecstatic,” said Gerenza, 62. “We still don’t believe it actually.”
He said he would like to use some of his winnings to take a family vacation to the beach.