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‘I started bawling,’ Mooresville man says of winning $177,127 Cash 5 jackpot

May 15, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 5:00 PM

Ralph Dizozza of Mooresville said he was full of emotion after he won a $177,127 Cash 5 jackpot.

“I started bawling when I realized how much I won,” Dizozza described.

The retired postal worker’s good fortune happened when he bought a ticket for Saturday’s Cash 5 drawing using the lottery’s Online Play service.

“I was just being lazy,” Dizozza said. “I didn’t want to go to the gas station and get a ticket. My girlfriend reminded me that I could get them online. I picked my own numbers. Each of them are significant to me. I used my birthday, my old jersey number, and since I’m a big Star Wars fan, I used the year it came out.”

Dizozza got the notification that he won the next morning.

“I checked my phone while I was at the flea market and saw that I won something,” Dizozza said. “I had to meet a friend for breakfast at Cracker Barrel, so I didn’t see what it was until after I got home. I felt numb when I saw how much it was. It didn’t feel real.”

Dizozza claimed the jackpot Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $124,876.  Dizozza said he’s not sure what he’s going to use the money for yet, but has one idea.

“My dream is to own a black 1979 Trans Am,” Dizozza said. “I’ve wanted one ever since I saw ‘Smokey and the Bandit.’” 



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5/23/2018 07:35 - Frederick Master J.

FMJones79 I would love to win the one that I know was coming one day glad for you wish more wins with others to

5/22/2018 11:02 - George H.

I Have A Black 1976 Trans Am.Hope You Find Yours.Congrats.

5/20/2018 04:28 - Tatiana D.

Michael B, would you mind letting us know how many entries you had? Congratulations on your win!

5/18/2018 03:23 - Jack W.

Congratulations on your on line win. But be very careful I no longer can purchase online because I ask for my own money back that I had put in my account then could not be geo located and could not use my money.So scientific games who runs this out of las Vegas said since I ask for my money back and the 2.00 winning I had they closed my online purchases So all online players be very careful with SG

5/18/2018 01:15 - Denver G.

Big CONGRATS to you MB on your $50k win!!! I have been a loyal players club member since day one, 10/01/2012 !! The only thing I have ever won was a lucke rewards weekly drawing for $500 back in spring of 2013 or 2014. Been so long I can't remember. I moved from Lincoln county summer of 2016. Nothing like owning your own house. CHEERS my good man!

5/18/2018 10:42 - Michael B.

Thank you NCEL for the opportunity to be one the Extreme millions 2nd chance winners. I was able to finally close on a house this month for my family. I always keep in mind to play responsibly and good things happen ! NC Lottery
Congratulations on your new home Michael!

5/17/2018 11:13 - Gary C.

I hope you can find that Trans Am. I also have always wanted one.

5/17/2018 08:58 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

5/17/2018 01:18 - Shika J.

I am really happy that people are winning BUT I have a question: Does NCEL evenly distribute the really big scratch off tickets to all counties? Does Wilmington have any tickets here with big money on them? How do ya'll determine what tickets go where? I'm really dying to know the answer to this question ?? NC Lottery
That's a great question, Shika. The process of printing and distributing scratch-off tickets is completely random. Just like our players -- we have no idea where the winning tickets are until they are scratched!

5/17/2018 12:32 - Brent W.

Congratulations Ralph, I can't blame you for buying an Trans Am.. I've trying purchasing tickets onli me site want allow me too checkout..NC Lottery
We're sorry about that, Brent. If you are on your mobile phone, please make sure geolocation is turned on. Geolocating is necessary to determine that you are in the state at the time of checkout. Please let us know if you have any other issues!

5/16/2018 05:35 - Enrica R.


5/16/2018 01:07 - Denver G.

LZ, quick question. When is the new $5 scratcher coming out? I think it is called Carolina Cash and has a 2nd chance contest/drawing associated with it. The clerks don't know cause their lottery reps did not tell them.NC Lottery
Hey Denver! Our Carolina Cash scratch-off will be released on the first Tuesday in June.

5/16/2018 12:58 - Denver G.

LZ, I can enter tickets for points & drawings on my mobile app. Can enter tickets on PC , but still having problems entering drawings. I can enter a drawing, then when I try to enter again the black screen pops up with the usual message.NC Lottery
Hi Denver, The desktop website should be fully functional. If you're still having problems entering drawings, please try clearing your cache. Many have reported that clearing their cache helped.

5/16/2018 09:48 - Reba B.

Yay 4 U :)

5/16/2018 08:22 - William A.

Where is the blog on the retail worker winning the million looks like it was removed from the blog. NC Lottery
Hi William, That story was published on our Media page here: Sometimes, winners choose not to share specific details about their win. Generally, when this happens we only share the public information on the Media page.

5/16/2018 08:06 - Irwin F.

You site for entering tickets for points has been down for several days. What's up?NC Lottery
Hey Irwin, unfortunately some players are experiencing issues with our mobile app, but our web team is working hard to fix it as fast as they can. Thank you for your understanding!

5/16/2018 02:45 - Jennifer H.

Congratulations!!!! Make sure you get that car you want!!!

5/16/2018 12:32 - Shika J.

Congrats to you on winning. I can't seem to win anything & I scan tickets every night

5/15/2018 11:43 - nancy k.

Congrats man, wish you well!

5/15/2018 09:25 - Pearack T.

Congrats to you! I just started playing these games recently and hopefully to have some kind of luck....its always nice to hear or see that it can always come true for anyone!! So my fingers are crossed!!!NC Lottery
Our fingers are crossed for you, Pearack!

5/15/2018 07:48 - Schmeka w.

congrats. hope i win one day been playing these numbers never seen them come out since the game first started. a good set of combination 13,14,31,32,21. i think the system is RIGGED

5/15/2018 07:23 - oliVia b.

Congratulations! I would love to win Cash5!

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