By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer
Of all the years NOT to go to the Magic Holiday Giveaway Grand Prize drawing.
Jacquelyn E. Harris said she and her daughter, Naresha McNac, had gone to every $10,000 Grand Prize drawing since the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce began the giveaway years ago. Their tickets never won.
They didn’t go to this year’s drawing, held Dec. 21 at Arrowhead Mall. That was when the announcer called out ticket number 1208790 from Walgreens on the west side of Muskogee.
Harris said she didn’t know she and McNac had the winning ticket until she saw it Saturday on Facebook.
“I called the chamber office Monday. They were closed Monday and Tuesday,” she said.
Harris and McNac showed up at the Chamber of Commerce office Wednesday to claim the prize. Harris’ granddaughter, Na’tori McConnell of Fort Worth, Texas, was on hand to shoot pictures and post them on Facebook.
Sherri Graham, manager of Walgreens at 100 N. 32nd St., arrived at the chamber office to congratulate the customer.
“We’re so excited,” Graham said. “We’re excited that we can tell this to shoppers.”
Graham said she was worried that nobody would come to claim the ticket.
Harris said she plans to use the prize money to “continue to provide for my grandchildren and others.”
She said she also plans to use the money for the community development program she operates, Now is the Time Development Center, which provides tutoring and mentoring for children and adults.
“And I’ll probably go to Dillard’s after this,” Harris said upon picking up her check. “I was just told Dillard’s is having a big sale on shoes.”
Harris recalled being fortunate to even get the ticket.
“I had a lot of stuff to check out and a doctor needed a prescription right then, and the checker needed to go back to take care of the doctor,” Harris said, recalling that people behind her were waiting. “I had six bags carried out and two baskets. I got two tickets.”
She said she gave the ticket to McNac, who put it in her purse.
“I had forgotten all about the ticket,” McNac said.
Harris said that when she saw the ticket number on a Facebook entry, she called her daughter and said, “Girl, go out and get your purse.”
“I said, ‘Repeat the number after me,’” McNac said. “She said she wouldn’t, so I started reading the number on the ticket, and she started jumping in the air and shouting.”
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