As Charles Sullivan of Raleigh watched the Cash 5 drawing on Tuesday night, he saw each of his five lucky numbers “pop up, one at a time” until he knew he had won the jackpot.
“They were birthdays, family birthdays,” said Sullivan on Monday. “I’ve been playing them for 10 years.”
His ticket was one of two tickets that split the $631,674 jackpot, giving him half, or $315,837. The second half of the jackpot, won by a ticket purchased through Online Play, has not yet been claimed.
Sullivan bought his lucky ticket at Lowes Food on Widewaters Parkway in Knightdale. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $223,458.
He said he planned to pay off bills and “sit back and relax a little bit.”
Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Monday’s jackpot is $110,000. The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.
Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through Online Play either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.
Ticket sales from draw games such as Carolina Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education. For details on how $62.8 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Wake County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.