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Cary Powerball winner: 'This money means security'

Posted September 6, 2013 3:15 p.m. EDT

— The winner of a $1 million Powerball ticket sold Wednesday in Cary has stepped forward to claim his prize.

Charles Reffitt, a Cary resident who runs his own home-improvement business, said he plans to save his winnings for retirement. He also plans to take a vacation and share the money with his children.

“This money means security,” Reffitt said in a statement. “I feel like a lot has been lifted off of us. This is a blessing.”

Reffitt said he learned of his good fortune Thursday night when a clerk at the Grocery Boy Jr. on Kildaire Farm Road told him someone who purchased a ticket in the store had won.

“He told me to check my ticket so I handed it to him,” Reffitt said. “He started jumping up and down and said I had won a million dollars. I signed the ticket and put it right back in my wallet. I couldn’t believe it. I was so anxious, I couldn’t sleep at all.”

Bhushan Dhingra, the store’s owner, was excited to learn about Reffitt’s good luck.

“He is a very good customer,” Dhingra said. “It’s awesome that we sold him the winning ticket. It’s just a really good feeling, and I’m happy for him.”

A Moore County man won $1 million Sunday night when he played 50X, a new lottery game. Dale Briggs said he planned to use his winnings to pay off his mortgage and send his two children to college.