Charlotte man goes to gas station to satisfy coconut juice craving, wins $100K

Jorge Dominguez Santos (Credit: NC Education Lottery)

A Charlotte man is celebrating after his craving for coconut juice led him to win a $100,000 lottery prize.

Jorge Dominguez Santos' odd, good fortune happened Sunday when he stopped by the Circle K on Central Avenue in Charlotte to get some coconut and orange juice.

When he went to pay, he decided to buy $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler scratch-off ticket.

"I just figured, 'Why not?'" Dominguez Santos said.

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As he scratched the ticket, he told lottery officials that he couldn't believe his eyes.

"The prize was the last number I scratched," Dominguez Santos said. "I saw the '36' and '36' and knew I won something. I kept scratching slowly and saw the number '1'. I thought, 'Okay. Maybe I won $100.' I kept scratching, and I couldn't believe it. I started screaming I was so excited!"

Dominguez Santos claimed his prize Monday morning at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,507; he plans to use the money to get a new home.
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