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Plumber stops for sour gummy worms, wins sweet $185,743 Cash 5 jackpot

April 13, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:01 PM

Christopher Hancock of Wilmington stopped by the convenience store to get a package of sour gummy worms, but walked away with a Cash 5 ticket that won $185,743.

“I went to pay for my bag of sour gummy worms,” Hancock said. “I had $10 in my pocket, saw the jackpot amount, and thought, ‘Why not get some Cash 5 tickets?’”

The plumber bought five Quick Pick tickets for Wednesday’s drawing.

“I got to work early, so I sat in my truck and checked the tickets,” Hancock described. “I looked at my phone and then at my ticket and then at my phone about three more times. You know how your brain gets, so I just kept thinking I wasn’t looking at it right. But then I realized, ‘Oh my God. This is for real!’”

Hancock immediately called his wife, and then told his boss.

“He gave me a hug and lifted me off the ground,” Hancock said. “He told me to go, ‘Straight to Raleigh.’”

That’s what Hancock did. He claimed the jackpot a few hours later at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $130,951.

“We’re going to use some of the money to get a new family car,” Hancock said. “My wife currently has a 2002 Mazda that’s just falling apart.”  

Hancock bought the winning Cash 5 ticket at the Speedway on Gordon Road in Wilmington.



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5/16/2018 05:58 - Schmeka w.

Play these numbers all the time no luck lottery is a Scam. 13,14,21,32,35

4/23/2018 07:23 - Derrick B.

I'm kind of new to the Lucke Rewards program and I wanted to know about my points. When they expire, when will I be notified? And what happens to the points I've submitted after their expiration? NC Lottery
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4/20/2018 12:29 - Denver G.

JOE H. he's been beating that same dead horse for years.

4/20/2018 12:11 - Gary C.

What a great story!!! Congratulations on your good fortune. Glad to see a winner in Wilmington.

4/19/2018 08:58 - Joe H.

@Charles M- Marie Holmes winner of $ 188 Million Poweball from Shalotte NC, does not look White to me ?

4/19/2018 06:47 - Ronald C.

How come non whites are always complaining?

4/18/2018 01:02 - charles m.

Why is it that all 6 figure winners Are white. NC Lottery
Hi Charles M., In our experience, players of big wins are representative of everyone who enjoys playing the lottery.

4/17/2018 06:07 - Steve L. P.


4/17/2018 03:18 - Marsha L.

We need more winning scratch offs in little Kinston, nc...please send some so I can win. NC Lottery
Hi Marsha L., All it takes is one ticket to win. We wish the best of luck to everyone in Kinston!

4/17/2018 05:51 - Aundra M.

Congratulations!!!! I love gummy bears, maybe they will hook me up. Yay Gummy Worms!

4/17/2018 03:36 - Wendy P.

Congrats! - Now you can drive your new car back to store & buy real worms, take day off & go fishing!! lol!

4/16/2018 03:44 - michael b.

God Bless you Christopher

4/16/2018 10:09 - Mat Y.

I been trying to win. But never hit. Congrats you man.

4/16/2018 07:45 - Billy W.


4/16/2018 04:11 - stephen g.

Way to go man!! That is a blessing from God, thank Him for the blessing. Congrats!!!

4/14/2018 02:35 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

4/14/2018 08:47 - Zakeem W.


4/14/2018 06:55 - Michael B.

Enjoy your new car and the best thing is you can pay for it in cash. NO STINGING CAR PAYMENTS!!!

4/14/2018 06:09 - DL H.

Love this story!! Congratulations Well deserved win :-)

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