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Man ‘started crying immediately’ after winning $100K lottery prize in Cleveland County

A man said he started crying, running and breakdancing after winning a $100,000 prize in...
A man said he started crying, running and breakdancing after winning a $100,000 prize in Cleveland County.(NC Education Lottery)
Published: Mar. 9, 2021 at 4:46 PM EST
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CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man said he started crying, running and breakdancing after winning a $100,000 prize in Cleveland County.

These were the result from a wave of emotion that overcame Sidney Brown of Kings Mountain when he realized he had just won a $100,000 scratch-off prize.

“I lost it,” he said. “I started crying immediately, running around the store, breakdancing, whatever you want to call it, I was doing it. All I could think about was that I could do everything I finally wanted to do.”

The celebration broke out after Brown purchased his winning $25 Extreme Cash ticket from the Tobacco Barn on North Cleveland Avenue in Kings Mountain.

“I’ve just been crying and thanking God,” he said. “I’m truly blessed and it’s still not real to me.”

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $70,757.

“I’ve wanted to get me a house, and buy a little piece of land,” said Brown. “I want to invest. I want to give back to the church that my family grew up in. Just take care of my closest family and friends that always looked out for me ever since I was young.”

Ticket sales from scratch-offs like Extreme Cash make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education. A $15 million grant using money raised by the lottery will help Cleveland County to build a 900-seat auditorium on the campus of Burns High School and a new 900-seat auditorium at Crest High School

For details on other ways Cleveland County benefits from lottery funds, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.

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