Pamela Halsten from Lincolnton tried her luck on a $1 Cash 5 ticket and won the $659,989 jackpot in the Easter Sunday drawing.

Halsten bought her lucky Quick Pick ticket from the Ingles Market on East Main Street in Lincolnton. She arrived at lottery headquarters Tuesday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $468,663.

Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through a retail location or Online Play, either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Wednesday’s jackpot is $261,000.

Ticket sales from draw games such as Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how $4.8 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Lincoln County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.