No, the friction between particles in air (gases and particulate) strips the atoms of electrons creating ions. When you get sufficient accumulation of charged particles, the potential difference between the two charges becomes sufficient for a large surge if current ( lightning) the lightning can originate in the air or in the ground and often travels back and forth between the 2 several time but it's so fast we typically only see it as a single bolt.
Lightning does not come from the ground. Lightning originates from the sky as a result of the friction and interaction between opposite charged atoms in the cloud. Some lightnings occur close to the ground, and they reach the ground in a downward motion.
Actually, folks, there is a separate upward "return stroke" that follows the initial downward stroke, and it does move from the charged particles on the ground upward. It happens so fast that it is hard to tell the difference between the two unless you record it on camera and the slow the playback way way down. Little known fact!