For Sandra Dickinson of Raleigh, a $792,655 Cash 5 jackpot means a second chance at her dream honeymoon.
“My husband and I didn’t get to go on a real honeymoon,” Dickinson said. “But now we can. We’re going to take a cruise. I love to travel, but my husband’s never been outside the country.”
Dickinson’s husband Danny Bizzell bought the ticket for the July 12 drawing at the Food Lion on North Rogers Lane in Raleigh. Sticking with his tradition, Bizzell used the same numbers he’s played for almost 13 years.
“When I got my first Cash 5 ticket I had the machine pick the numbers for me,” Bizzell said. “I’m superstitious and don’t like change, so I’ve been using the same set ever since. I can’t believe they finally came up.”
Bizzell gave the ticket to Dickinson for safe keeping while he went on a fishing trip. He was in the middle of the lake when Dickinson called with the good news.
“I almost fell overboard,” Bizzell said. “I told her, ‘Are you freaking kidding me?’”
She wasn’t, and they came to lottery headquarters in Raleigh Monday morning to claim the prize. After required state and federal tax withholdings, they took home $560,805. In addition to a second honeymoon, they plan to replace the fishing boat they got back in 2004. The ticket beat odds of one in 962,598 to win the jackpot.
Cash 5 is a statewide draw game that gives players the chance to win a jackpot every single night. Tickets cost $1 and players can buy tickets at most lottery retailers or through Online Play on the lottery’s website. The jackpot for tonight’s drawing is $324,000.
Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website. https://www.nclottery.com.