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Cabarrus County man nearly threw away his $120,000 Cash 5 ticket

July 20, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:40 AM

Jerry Dennis of Concord said he nearly tossed out the window of his truck a Cash 5 ticket that turned out to be worth $120,000.

“I about threw that ticket away,” laughed Dennis. “I had it laying on the seat of my pickup. The other day I started cleaning out my truck and thought, ‘I better check it. I feel lucky today.’”

And so he did at Sam’s Mini Stop on Old Charlotte Road in Concord, where he also bought the Quick Pick ticket for the July 13 drawing.

“I was tickled to death, I’ll tell you that!” recalled Dennis of his reaction to finding out the good news.

When asked what he’d do with his big win, he said he’d give some to his kids and buy a new car.

Dennis worked on a race team for about 15 years. A love of cars means that he will use some of that jackpot money to bring home his very own Cadillac.

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $84,900.

Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Tuesday’s jackpot is $369,000. 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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7/24/2021 11:05 - joanie m.

Congratulations Jerry

7/24/2021 10:30 - Katherine P.


7/23/2021 07:47 - Natalie R.


7/22/2021 11:26 - Anita A.


7/22/2021 10:10 - Thomas E.

Fantastic Jerry! I am patiently waiting for the lottery commission to open up some more games to round out all of us stuck at home retirees! For now, I am joining you in stroking every ounce of luck to help us all buy caddy escalades!

7/22/2021 09:11 - shirley b.

NCEL explain how a number like 569 can come out 3 tomes a month but 999 hasn't been out in 4 years. Something to think about.NC Lottery
Hi Shirley, it is all a matter of luck. Each combination of numbers has the same chance of coming up in a drawing as any other. Good luck!

7/20/2021 03:52 - Sheila I.


7/20/2021 02:31 - Marion G.

Good luck Cadillac Jerry!

7/20/2021 12:59 - Roger K.

Congratulations, now how can you buy a ticket and not check it the next day? You was fixing to throw away a 1 in 963,598 chance of being a winner. Guess that feeling of being lucky stopped you. Glad it all worked out. I've been playing and playing, guess I'm not the lucky one in 963,598.

7/20/2021 12:53 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins.

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