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Birthday numbers score Iredell County woman $305,046 Cash 5 jackpot

July 14, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:40 AM

Susan Gray of Statesville accidently purchased two tickets for Saturday’s Cash 5 drawing and won the entire $305,046 jackpot.

“Those are numbers I’ve been using for years,” she said. “My birthday.”

Gray purchased two tickets, using the same set of numbers, for Saturday’s drawing from the Kangaroo Express on Safriet Road in Statesville.

“I thought it was a different draw,” Gray explained on why she purchased two tickets with the same numbers. “It was really an accident that I played both. I was really shocked. I couldn’t believe it.”

Gray’s purchase paid off when she claimed her prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $215,826.

Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Wednesday’s jackpot is $100,000. The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.

Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through Online Play either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.


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7/15/2021 02:37 - Cynthia A.

That's awesome and gives me hope. I play different combinations of family birthdays and ages. Haven't won much so far. Can't seem to get past 3 numbers right. Hope my luck changes soon.

7/15/2021 11:13 - Edward R.

I'm just standing here reading about people winning all this money I would love to experience the feeling winning that much money i wish everyone good luck if I keep at it maybe I'll have a experience like that

7/15/2021 12:57 - Jamie E.


7/15/2021 12:09 - Tim M.

I have a favorite set of numbers I use. Before all the changes, back when the Cash 5 still had 39 numbers, I won on 4 out of 5 on 3 separate occasions in a little over 2 years. Since the changes, I'm lucky to win 5 bucks! Not LOL.

7/14/2021 11:37 - Douglas H.

Awesome win Susan:-) congratulations

7/14/2021 10:33 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins

7/14/2021 07:00 - chris i.


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