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Retired Cumberland County teacher felt “numb” after $264,419 win

January 28, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:50 AM

Lola Allen of Fayetteville said she has been using the same lucky numbers ever since the lottery came to North Carolina, and her persistence paid off when a $1 Cash 5 ticket turned into a $264,419 win.

“From the very beginning I’ve been using the same numbers,” Allen said. “They are my favorite numbers so I stuck with them.”

Allen, a retired physical education teacher, bought her ticket from the Food Lion on Rosehill Road in Fayetteville. She said she has played Cash 5 regularly for years but she still never expected to win.

“When they all fell into place, I was in shock,” Allen said. “I was numb.”

Allen became one of three players to match all five numbers in Tuesday’s drawing so the $793,257 jackpot was split three ways. A second winning ticket also came from Cumberland County as a Spring Lake man claimed his share on Wednesday. The third winning ticket, which is unclaimed, came from the Stop & Go on Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville. The winner has 180 days to claim.

Allen arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $187,764.

Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets at a retail store or through Online Play, either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Friday’s drawing offers a $100,000 jackpot.


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1/31/2022 07:41 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you all. I wish you many more wonderful wins

1/30/2022 10:22 - Demarcus P.

I need to ask a question, can stores charge an extra .50 cent on lottery because you use your debit or credit card to make the purchase and it’s just for the purchase of lottery mainly pick 4?NC Lottery
Hi there, Demarcus! There is not an additional surcharge from us on the purchase of lottery tickets, although tickets cannot be purchased using a credit card. They may only be purchased using a debit card or cash. Some stores may have their own charges for any card purchases or card purchases under a certain amount made in their store, but that would be individual store policies.

1/30/2022 03:02 - joanie m.

Congratulations ???? My favorite game Cash 5 I have also been playing the same numbers many years that just goes to show you persistence and sticking with your favorite numbers does pay off

1/30/2022 12:11 - DL H.

WAY TO GO LOLA :-) Congratulations

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1/28/2022 02:11 - Dwight T.

That great

1/28/2022 12:05 - Steve H.

waiting for my time to win.

1/28/2022 11:59 - Denver G.

I regress from my previous comment about more then 1 QP matching the same numbers in the same drawing. Although very unlikey , it is possible. It has happened with the PB & MM. Probability of matching QPs winning in C5 are even greater.

1/28/2022 11:18 - Roger K.

Wow! Congratulations on your win. A dollar and a dream came through for you. Letting the numbers come to you. Lucky,you! I've been playing my picks ever since the cash 5 was started in NC. But so far, my numbers haven't hit me yet. Still waiting patiently. One day soon before I die, hope they will come through for me. Good luck everyone.NC Lottery
Wishing you lots of luck that you'll be a big winner soon, Roger!

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