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$489,211 Cash 5 ticket almost blows away from Fayetteville grandfather

April 16, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:39 PM

John Hepburn of Fayetteville is counting his blessings after he said a gust of wind almost blew away his winning $489,211 Cash 5 ticket.
“Whenever I get my tickets, I put them in my car door,” Hepburn said. “I don’t check them for a few days. Sometimes they blow away when I open the car door. ”

The retired Goodyear Tire plant manager said that’s almost what happened to the Cash 5 ticket he bought for Friday’s drawing.

“I put the ticket where I always put them,” Hepburn said. “A few of my tickets blew out of the car the next day, so I figured I should probably check the other ones and see if I won anything.”

When he had a clerk scan the ticket, he heard music play.

“I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant,” Hepburn said. “But I knew I won something, so I immediately signed the back of my ticket. My son had to help me figure out how much I won. I couldn’t believe it when he told me.”
Hepburn claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $346,117. He plans to use the money to pay his mortgage and do something nice for his grandchildren.
Hepburn bought the winning Quick Pick ticket at the Raeford Quick Stop on Fulton Street in Raeford. It beat odds of one in 962,598 to win the jackpot.
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 $120,000.

Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how $22.6 million in lottery funds made a difference in Cumberland County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


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7/02/2019 10:00 - Schmeka w.

Been waiting for these lucky numbers 6 15 17 32 35

4/22/2019 07:34 - Ann F.

Always check yourtickets

4/22/2019 12:08 - Kevin D.

I can tell you one thing, and that is; there is no way all the jackpot tickets are in circulation all at once.. the lottery is a business at the end of the day and they are also in it to make money! They let the winners out when it’s right for that budget month, week, even year. Who knows?? Never trust a computer!!NC Lottery
Hi Kevin, all the tickets for a scratch-off game are printed at the same time under a secure process and prizes are dispersed throughout the entire printed run. No one knows where in the run of tickets any prizes are located.

4/19/2019 09:52 - Richard N.

I agree Tim M on the lucky rewards drawings. I haven't won anything either and I purchase all my tickets that i enter but Congrats on that cash 5 Fayetteville Man..God blessed you!!

4/19/2019 07:10 - Mary H.

Congratulations :)

4/18/2019 10:56 - Tatiana D.

I really can't understand how and why people buy the whole rolls of tickets. It is really expensive. And it doesn't guarantee winning. There is no recipe on how to play lottery. It's just luck, nothing else. Please, remember that most tickets are non-winning. This is written on each and every ticket.

4/17/2019 02:14 - Stacey H.

Tim M, you are so right! I’m starting to see more of where folks are buying the whole roll of scratch offs & not winning anything. It makes you wonder what is really going on!!NC Lottery
Hi Stacey, We don't recommend playing by buying rolls of tickets. With games of chance, there is never a guarantee you will win more than you wager. Sometimes it just takes one lucky ticket to win.

4/17/2019 09:14 - Gary C.

Congratulations John on your big win!! I am happy that the wind was favorable for you. Enjoy that mortgage free living!!!

4/17/2019 08:09 - Charlie H.

Congratulations Mr. Hepburn! Enjoy your winnings & your grand children!

4/16/2019 04:30 - Tim M.

This was a great win but a haphazard way to play. Who just throws their tickets in the car and if the wind blows some away, fine? THEN check the remaining tickets to see if there's a winner? HOW does a regular player NOT know what that music means?! And then NOT know how to find out?! WHY does it always seem like the BIG winners are people that do like this, or the infamous 'first ticket I EVER bought'? Smh. Btw, I've entered LUCK-E REWARDS for years and never win ANYTHING! I entered that 200 winners one 63 times. Why do I never win on here? And the draw games are constantly a flip-flop numbers game like Tic-tac-toe!

4/16/2019 03:48 - Walter T.

Congratulations mr. Hepburn ,awesome to see someone has luck.i pray someday its me

4/16/2019 03:32 - michael b.

where are the lucke-rewards winners postedNC Lottery
Hi Michael, You can find the winners who have claimed their prizes over on the Draws page: Be sure to deselect "My Entries" and choose "All" from the drop-down menu.

4/16/2019 01:59 - Douglas H.

Congratulations Mr. Hepburn :-)

4/16/2019 12:29 - cheryl c.

hey mr john nice win im in fayetteville too what about a hundred dollars this way. CONGRATS

4/16/2019 10:39 - Gregory F.

Congratulations mr.Hepburn what a great blessing you are truly blessed. Great to see someone from the eastern part of nc win. Waiting on my blessing.

4/16/2019 08:13 - Deborah T.

So good to see a Fayetteville winner! Congratulations! Such a blessing for you and your family.

4/16/2019 07:12 - Schmeka w.

Congrats it's about time we had another winner in Fayetteville.

4/16/2019 07:12 - Berry B.

God has Blessed ?? you, Congratulate!

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