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Rocky Mount man wins $25,000 a year for life

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ROCK MOUNT (WTVD) — Every year for the rest of his life, a Rocky Mount man will get a check for $25,000.

That’s because he won the NC Education Lottery’s “Lucky For Life” game.

DaQuawn Griffin, 33, said he’s a big fan of the game because he likes the prize it offers and the odds of winning.

Griffin beat odds of one in 1.8 million to win the game’s second prize in Thursday’s drawing.

He bought the $2 ticket at the Sharpsburg Grocery on South Hathaway Boulevard in Sharpsburg.

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

Griffin’s win was the biggest in Thursday’s drawing.

Every year for the rest of his life, a Rocky Mount man will get a check for $25,000.

‘I feel lucky’: witnesses speak out after shooting inside Rocky Mount Walmart

Posted: Oct 9, 2020 / 11:18 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 10, 2020 / 03:14 PM EDT

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — Rocky Mount Police have captured three of four suspects in connection with a shooting inside the Walmart on Benvenue Road Friday evening.

They said the four suspects surrounded the victim, a fight followed, and when the victim tried to run away, he was shot.

“I feel lucky,” Rose Deans said.

Deans said she had just finished cleaning the self check-out area when she heard and saw a group of guys fighting.

“A few seconds later the one guy took out a gun and just started firing,” she continued.

Police Chief George Robinson provided this account.

“Four subjects surrounded one subject during the altercation, one subject ran and was shot by one of these suspects,” the chief said.

“I didn’t know if he would turn and come that way or run by. He was that close. We just started running,” Deans said.

Maria Melvin said she was looking at flowers when she heard the gunshots ring out.

“I looked down at the other end of the store and people started running. So I said I think those were gunshots, I think I’ll leave the store,” Melvin said.

Connie Dickens said she was on break at the time.

“All I heard was the gunshots and that can’t be real but it’s is real scary, nowhere is safe,” Dickens said.

As for Walmart employees, they said they recently completed an active shooter training and never expected it to come in handy so soon.

“I know what to do and when to move in a case like this,” Deans said.

Police said the victim remains in the hospital in stable condition.

They continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to give them a call.

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — Rocky Mount Police have captured three of four suspects in connection with a shooting inside the Walmart on Benvenue Road Friday evening. They said the four suspects surrounded the victim, a fight followed, and when the victim tried to run away, he was shot. “I feel lucky,” Rose Deans said. […]