WRAL has the story (along with some spin),

Six months after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered his Fayetteville hair salon, Jeffrey Yi said a lottery jackpot will help him reopen it.

Yi won nearly $1.25 million in last Thursday’s Cash 5 drawing. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $882,923.

“My business was shut down because of coronavirus, and I lost a lot of money,” Yi said in a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I couldn’t pay the rent or the employees. This is a chance to reopen again. Thanks to the lucky Cash 5, I can try and make my business open again. I’m so happy.”

No, the coronavirus pandemic did not shutter Jeffrey Yi’s hair salon.  Gov. Cooper did.