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Mover makes lucky stop in North Carolina, wins $100,000 Cash 5 jackpot

November 25, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:53 PM

Iffetayo Adjele of Bronx, N.Y. said he’s tried his luck all across America, but it wasn’t until he stopped in North Carolina that it paid off with a $100,000 Cash 5 jackpot.

“I work for a moving company,” Adjele said. “Every week, every day, I’m some place different. I play the lottery in every state I’m in, and hope that one day I’ll get lucky.”

The lucky day came Friday, Nov.1, when Adjele stopped at the TravelCenters of America on N.C. 61 in Whitsett and bought a Cash 5 ticket for that evening’s drawing. He checked the numbers the next morning on his phone.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Adjele said. “For someone like me, this is incredible. That’s the power of luck. You have to play to win. This is wonderful.”

Adjele claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,756. Adjele said he plans to use the money to take care of his four children.    
Cash 5 is a statewide draw game that gives players the chance to win a jackpot every single night. Tickets cost $1 and players can buy tickets at most lottery retailers or through Online Play on the lottery’s website. The jackpot for tonight’s drawing is $406,000.

Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website. 



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11/28/2019 09:49 - jesse h.


11/28/2019 12:14 - Tatiana D.

Wow, what an amazing story! I live right next to this gas station. Congratulations to the winner.

11/27/2019 07:30 - Sheila I.

@nclottery I'm using my cell phone. I log into your website, click buy now, chose the dollar, select #s and Bam! cannot verify location. I give up!NC Lottery
Thanks for the info, Sheila. Please double check that you have location sharing turned on for both your phone and the NC Lottery app. If this continues, please reach out to our support team at

11/26/2019 08:33 - Sheila I.

I'm so angry. This is the second time I'm trying to purchase lottery tickets online and getting an error say... cannot very if I'm if I live in North Carolina... really. I've been here since 2002. SmhNC Lottery
Sheila, We want to apologize for the frustration this has caused you. By law, we must be able to verify that a player is within state lines at the time of purchase. There are several reasons why it might not be able to verify that. If you are using a desktop computer, please make sure you have location sharing enabled in your browser settings and that you have your wireless card turned on. If this continues to happen, you can reach out to our support team 24/7 at

11/26/2019 08:52 - Daniel J.

It is almost all luck, but sometimes some people get a gut instinct feeling about a ticket .

11/25/2019 09:33 - Debra B.

Congrats to all the winners ! Really special around the holiday season. I have asked before but no reply. Is there a way to check the individual number of entries submitted for monthly draws and second chance ? Still learning to navigate the new system. ThanksNC Lottery
Hi Debra, You can view your entire transaction history by visiting your Dashboard and selecting "Lucke-Rewards Draw History". Once there, you can toggle back and forth between the entries you've submitted for Lucke-Rewards drawings and second-chance drawings. Hope this helps!

11/25/2019 04:52 - Jhonsie M.

I would love to win

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