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Wilson County man scores $100,000 in second-chance drawing

June 25, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:38 PM

Kenneth Thigpen of Wilson scored the top prize of $100,000 in one of four 2020 Multiply the Cash second-chance drawings.

Thigpen, who recently retired, was picking up dinner at a Zaxby’s drive-thru when he decided to check his email.

“I was sitting in line and I got an email from the North Carolina Education Lottery,” recalled Thigpen. “When I got my food, I pulled over into the parking lot and read it again. I thought someone was playing a game. I couldn’t believe it.”

After picking up dinner, he went home to share his good fortune with his wife. “I just couldn’t believe it, I was so excited,” said Thigpen. “I was so excited, I couldn’t eat.”

Thigpen claimed his prize on Tuesday and after federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $70,750.

“I plan on taking vacation as soon as everything’s settled down,” said Thigpen. “I’m gonna donate to my church and just share it with my kids.”

Thigpen’s entry beat odds of 1 in 14 million to win the top prize in the first of four 2020 Multiply the Cash second-chance drawings on May 20th. Eric Alexander of Scotland Neck won the top prize in the second drawing on June 3rd.

Tickets from all Multiply the Cash games are eligible. Prizes in the drawings include one $100,000 cash prize, eight $5,000 cash prizes, and 25 $500 cash prizes. The next drawing is scheduled for Sept. 9. The entry deadline for that drawing is Aug. 31.

It’s easy to enter, just enter or scan any Multiply the Cash ticket through your account on or with your NC Lottery Official Mobile App.


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6/28/2020 08:00 - Berry B.

Theses are some very hard games to win on!!

6/28/2020 12:01 - DL H.

Just a quick word of advice. We regularly check our spam email and thankfully we did because that’s how we found out we were second chance winners even though we set our email to receive lottery emails somehow it still ended up in the spam folder always check your spam folders. :-) You may be the next winner. It was an awesome win and wait until you actually meet the team from the lottery or speak with them they are the greatest nicest group of people! NC Lottery
Hey DL H. thank you for calling this out to any future winners. And we appreciate the love! Congratulations.

6/27/2020 09:54 - Henry B.


6/27/2020 06:38 - Gary C.

Congratulations Ken!!! Enjoy the good fortune!!!

6/27/2020 03:15 - Orrick P.


6/26/2020 08:48 - Teresa Q.

I woke up from an afternoon nap and checked my email a few months ago and also had an email from NCEL. I thought I was dreaming so I read it a couple more times and I had won in the 2nd chance for the Supreme Riches ! Love these drawings ??

6/26/2020 03:31 - Janice P.

Congratulations Ken!! Enjoy your retirement!!

6/26/2020 11:05 - Jacmelly s.

Do you have the dollar amounts for next month new tickets =] NC Lottery
We sure do! Next month we're unveiling new $2, $3, two $5, and $10 tickets.

6/26/2020 09:16 - ray h n.

Congratulations many blessings to u

6/26/2020 08:15 - Michael B.

Happy Friday NCEL! I have two questions. 1st- on a average how many people play the Cash 5 a day? 2nd- do the chances and probability go up when the Cash 5 increases each night ? NC Lottery
Hey Michael, TGIF! The blog team doesn't have data on the daily number of Cash 5 players, but you can get that info if you email and let the folks there know what you're looking for. To answer your second question, we'd like to take this chance to explain a little bit about how the odds work! Whether the jackpot is $100,000 or $ 1 million, your odds are exactly the same. The odds of winning a prize are based off of the number of possible combinations to choose from, which will stay the same no matter what the jackpot amount is at or how many people are playing. Hope this helps!

6/26/2020 05:30 - vanessa b.


6/26/2020 12:15 - MICHAEL B.

Happy for You!!

6/25/2020 10:43 - elizabeth j.


6/25/2020 07:34 - DL H.

Congratulations Kenneth. Been in your boots in a 2nd Chance win. When we first received the email we didn’t even think it was real but it sure was and it came out of the blue unexpected and was amazing Enjoy. We’re the 2nd Chance Club :-). Hope many others get a 2nd Chance Win Good Luck everyone.

6/25/2020 07:10 - jeffrey n.

Ithought 100k was the top prize., but you said someone else won the top prize how much. NC Lottery
Hey Jeffrey, $100,000 is the top prize in this second-chance drawing. This was the second of four drawings in the Multiply The Cash second-chance promotion. A lucky player won $100,000 in the first second-chance drawing last month. Here's a link to that win:

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