Marco Yoque Ajcu of Bear Creek said he was so excited after winning a $433,736 Cash 5 jackpot, that he couldn’t stop shaking.

“I was nervous and excited,” Yoque Ajcu said. “I just can’t believe I actually won.”

The landscaper’s good fortune started Friday when he stopped at the Country Store on South Chatham Avenue Road in Siler City and bought a Cash 5 ticket for that night’s drawing. He found out he won the next morning when he went back to the store for a cup of coffee.

“I scanned the ticket and it said go to lottery headquarters,” Yoque Ajcu said. “I pulled the numbers up on my phone to check them. I started shaking when I saw how much I won. It didn’t feel real.”

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $306,869. He plans to use some of the money to pay off his mortgage.

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 $120,000.

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.