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Charlotte nurse tries Online Play for first time, wins $216,614 Cash 5 jackpot

September 17, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 4:55 PM

Shameka Waller of Charlotte has spent the past year and a half caring for patients during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, with a lottery win to the tune of a $216,614 Cash 5 jackpot, she says she can do even more to help her community.

Waller’s story of good luck began Monday night when she decided to try something new.


While getting ready for bed, Waller visited the lottery’s website, signed up for Online Play and bought her first Cash 5 ticket.


“I don’t play the lottery that often,” said Waller. “I always see the tickets at the gas station, but just don’t have time to stop and play, especially with a baby.”


Telling herself, ‘You can’t win if you don’t play,’ Waller said she saw that she could purchase a few draw games online, including Cash 5. After seeing how simple it was to create an account, she signed up and purchased her first Cash 5 ticket using some very special numbers.


Waller decided to select her own five numbers based upon the birthdates of her family – her son, her daughter, and herself. Little did she know, that decision to play Cash 5 for the first time and pick those exact numbers that held such special meaning to her – 1-2-4-11-16 – would bring her a jackpot that same night.


The next day, Waller logged into her Online Play account to check and see how much she had won. She said when she saw all the zeros, she couldn’t believe it and immediately started telling her family.



Waller claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.  After required tax withholdings, she took home $153,255.


“This win, it’s just great for so many reasons,” said Waller, a clinical advising nurse and mother of two. “I know what I want to do – I want to continue to serve people in need. I want to start a business that helps elderly, bed-bound patients get access to testing and treatment for COVID-19.”


Congratulations, Shameka!


Friday night’s jackpot is $138,000. Tickets are $1 and, like Shameka, you can purchase your tickets online or at a retail location. 




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9/19/2021 01:41 - Melissa L.

This is truly a blessing.

9/18/2021 08:35 - Tawania R.

Congratulations Maybe soon Raleigh winner (ME)

9/18/2021 07:31 - Cassandra W.

Congrats Shameka

9/18/2021 04:20 - Lois S.

Congratulations! Such a humble heart...

9/18/2021 01:54 - Chris S.

If she won $216,614, where did she see all the zeros to know she won.

9/18/2021 10:54 - Gloria C.

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

9/18/2021 09:42 - davyoneda m.


9/18/2021 07:36 - tina j.

Congratulations and may God continue to bless you so you can bless others

9/18/2021 07:32 - Denver G.

CONGRATS. I came close with the C5 online last night. Played 2 lines. Had 6-10-14-27-43 on one & won $5. I had 2-14-27-35-38 on the other & won $250. Picked my own numbers !!!!NC Lottery
Congrats on the win, Denver!

9/17/2021 11:26 - Richard C.

Congratulations, Shameka Waller! That was a blessing win.

9/17/2021 10:58 - Kimberly F.

Everytime a person wins from Charlotte I be hoping it's me so that I can give back and work on my dream I'm so happy for you God chose you and that's amazing and thank you for all your help on the front line and taking care of loved ones every day

9/17/2021 07:58 - janice k.

What a wonderful win for a dedicated health care worker!

9/17/2021 07:45 - Kevon S.


9/17/2021 07:43 - latoya n.

Congratulations Shameka on your win! I pray blessings on your business endeavor!!

9/17/2021 06:42 - Jennifer F.

Congratulations, I hope you set aside a little and have a nice vacation with your family.

9/17/2021 05:01 - Anita A.


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