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Bladen County woman says $100,000 jackpot win is a ‘major game changer’

May 29, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:04 AM

Bernice Jessup of White Oak got off of work early and decided to stop for a few Cash 5 tickets—one of which won her a $100,000 jackpot and will help her start her own business.

Jessup, a utility worker at Smithfield Packing, purchased three $1 Quick Pick tickets at the Dublin Mini Mart on Albert Street in Dublin.

She was at home with her younger sister the night of the drawing when she decided to check her tickets. She said she checked the winning numbers on her phone and then looked at her tickets, one by one.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Jessup when she got to the third ticket. She went into the kitchen where her younger sister was to share the good news.

“She started running around the house hollering, ‘We’re rich! We’re rich!’” recalled Jessup. “We were both jumping up and down, screaming and yelling. I asked her to pinch me four or five times.”

Jessup’s lucky ticket beat odds of 1 in 962,598 to win the jackpot in the May 1 drawing. She claimed her prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $70,750.

Jessup works a second job in janitorial services and plans to use her winnings to open a janitorial services business of her own. “This is gonna be a game changer,” she said. “Major game changer.”

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 or the N.C. Lottery Official Mobile app.

Friday’s Cash 5 jackpot is $110,000.


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6/04/2020 09:21 - Randy E.

Congrats to a hard working lady , hope your dreams come true .

6/03/2020 04:54 - Ellyn H.


6/03/2020 01:16 - Tim M.

LZ, about how you notify winners. When I won $100 that I claimed in December, I found out by certified mail. There was a problem with the 2nd step, the phone call. I hadn't yet updated my new number which I now have. What I DON'T get is how it got by the 1st line of defense, my e-mail. I check e-mail religiously. I even check the Spam folder as well as Promotions as I use G-mail. I never saw the e-mail from you. I even backtracked under Promotions. Couldn't find it. I updated my e-mail address before the app changed. Could it be you're sending it to my previous address which is locked out due to mailbox full? I think there may be a similar situation with Facebook, or might have been. Any thoughts on this?NC Lottery
Hey Tim, If you're concerned that we might still have old information on-file, please reach out to our online support team and they can take a look to ensure everything is up-to-date.

6/02/2020 06:29 - Jennnifer L.

Congrats you definitely deserve this.

6/02/2020 01:21 - Sharone B.


6/01/2020 09:34 - Corledia C.

???????????? congrats!

6/01/2020 02:37 - Henry B.

Happy 4 you congrats

5/31/2020 11:42 - joanie m.

Congratulations i love cash 5 i know how you feel i can't wait to get my food truck still saving hopefully by spring of 2021 she will be on the road

5/31/2020 07:12 - Stephanie G.

Hello congrats to everyone for y’all winnings. Are you all having any past drawing since pandemic happen to us. When will you all be drawing for the previous entries I put haven’t seen any thing. ThanksNC Lottery
Hi Stephanie, Lucke Rewards drawings started back the week of May 11. May Money Madness #2, March Money Madness #5, and Courtside Cash are all taking place in May. Good luck to you!!

5/30/2020 11:57 - Brenda S.

Enjoy your winnings, Good luck, with your business.

5/30/2020 10:53 - Berry B.

WTG,young lady!

5/29/2020 09:15 - elizabeth j.

Congratulations, Ms. Bernice

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