Aaron Garcia of Raeford said winning half of a $390,814 Cash 5 jackpot will be “a good blessing.”

Garcia’s Quick Pick ticket was one of two tickets that matched all five numbers in Wednesday’s drawing

Garcia said he learned he was the winner Thursday when he checked the winning numbers on the lottery’s website.

“I was surprised,” Garcia said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Garcia bought his ticket at the Lucky Stop on N.C. 401 Business in Raeford. He said he might use some of the prize money to buy a car.

He received half of the jackpot, $195,407, and the other half will go to the second winner. After required federal and state tax withholdings, Garcia took home $138,251.

The other lucky Cash 5 ticket was sold at the Sheetz on N.C. 86 in Hillsborough.

Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Friday’s jackpot is $110,000.

Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets either through the lottery’s website or with the app.

Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education. For details on how $3.9 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Hoke County in 2019, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.