The first top prize of $250,000 in the new 20X The Cash games goes to Jamal Jones of Creedmoor.

Jones’ good luck occurred with a $5 ticket he purchased at Smoker Friendly on N.C. 56 in Creedmoor. Two more $250,000 top prizes remain to be claimed.

Jones claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $176,876.

Ticket sales from games like 20X The Cash make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.