Tanicia Garris has been working as a bank teller all her life. She remembers cashing and depositing checks for lottery winners and thinking how lucky they were. Today, the sides of the table have shifted and someone else will be doing the job she once did for others. Lottery numbers
Tanicia will be heading to her bank to deposit the big check she has just won in the game called Mega Bucks.
“I see winners come in all the time,” Garris said. “It’s surreal to finally have a big check of my own. I’ve always wondered if it would happen to me, and today I get to stand on the other side of the counter.”
Garris is from Durham but the winning ticket was purchased while she was out of town on her way to visit her family. The winning ticket was purchased at the Wilco on West Third Street in Ayden in Pitt County. She was actually with her father when she realized she had won the game’s top prize, but she was left in a state of awe for she thought that it was all a dream.
“I had to do a double take,” Garris said. “I don’t know how to explain it. I didn’t think it could be real.”
After tax deductions Garris is cashing in $68,001 and with this windfall she is planning to help her family and take a trip to Georgia.
Garris is overflowed with joy and tears of happiness with the mere thought of being able to give back to her parents and looking forward to enjoying more time with them. She admits that when she buys lottery tickets she is really not even thinking about winning. “
“The first thing I think of when I buy tickets is that the money spent goes to education,” Garris added as she held her check for the first time. “Even when I don’t win, I know I’m doing my part. But now I’ve won. It’s real and I thank you.”
Yes the world goes round, and what goes around comes around that includes good deeds and money given for a good cause too.