'A Christmas Eve miracle': Cleveland Co. great-grandma wins $10M on scratch-off

RALEIGH — A Cleveland County great-grandmother beat the odds on Christmas Eve and won $10 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Dorothy Martin paid $30 for an Extreme Millions ticket at the Number Three Handy Mart on Blacksburg Road in Grover.

She opted to choose the lump sum payment and after taxes, she'll take home $4.23 million.

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“It’s a miracle,” Martin said. “It’s a Christmas Eve miracle. I still can’t believe this is happening.”

The $30 ticket launched in December 2016.

Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing was worth $425 million, which was the eighth largest in the game's history. A winning ticket was sold in New York.

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