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Wilmington woman wins $289,503 Cash 5 jackpot while doing a good deed

August 26, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:01 PM

Debra Denton of Wilmington said she won a $289,503 Cash 5 jackpot while helping her friend.

“My friend doesn’t have a car,” Denton said. “I usually drive her to get groceries or run other errands.”

That’s exactly what Denton was doing Saturday afternoon when her friend suggested they get some scratch-off tickets for a mutual friend. They stopped at the Mj Pit Stop on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington. While there, Denton bought a Quick Pick Cash 5 ticket for herself. The next morning she found out she won the jackpot. 

“I couldn’t believe it,” Denton said. “When I checked the numbers I was like, ‘Okay, I matched the first one, and the last one, and, wait a minute, I matched all of them!’”

She took the ticket back to the store just to make sure.

“When I scanned it and it said go to lottery headquarters, I knew I wasn’t seeing things,” Denton said. “I’m still in disbelief. I just feel so blessed.”

She claimed her prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $204,824. She plans to use some of the money to pay off her mortgage. Her ticket 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 $110,000.

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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8/28/2019 04:35 - Deborah T.

Congrats you greatly deserve it!!

8/28/2019 12:12 - Joy A.

Congratulations ??

8/27/2019 10:39 - Brenda S.

Pay back, it's always good to help someone in need. Enjoy

8/26/2019 11:37 - Joseph C.


8/26/2019 08:54 - KARENE C.

Yay!!!! God is good congratulations!!!

8/26/2019 05:56 - Karen M.

God just blew in your direction!

8/26/2019 01:32 - Anita A.

Congratulations! Good deeds are rewarding.

8/26/2019 01:14 - Denver G.

KARMA BABY. That's how the Lottery Gods work.........

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