On Tuesday evening, Jerry Finn of Mebane stood at the counter of his regular store, wrote down five numbers that just came to him out of the blue, and a few hours later won a $726,805 Cash 5 jackpot.
“Sometimes I play numbers like a birthday, but the ticket that won was just random numbers,” said Finn. “I’m about to explode!”
Finn purchased his Cash 5 ticket for Tuesday night’s drawing at Huff’s Interstate on East Maple Avenue in Burlington.
At 5:30 a.m. the next morning, before leaving for work, he checked his ticket with his wife and realized he won.
“I went over and sat down,” said Finn. “Then I stumbled into the shower and went to work.”
Finn, a truck driver, kept his ticket in a safe until he headed to lottery headquarters Friday to collect his prize. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $516,105.
With his winnings, Finn said he plans to pay bills, buy a new camper, and donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through a retail location or 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.
Monday’s jackpot is $265,000. The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.
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