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Five numbers from out of the blue win Alamance County man a $726,805 jackpot

May 16, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:11 AM

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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5/20/2022 01:33 - Sherry W.

The blessing of God. Want he do it.

5/18/2022 09:34 - lori j.

Congratulations I also love to donate to Saint Jude’s can’t wait for a big win to give more

5/18/2022 01:50 - Mary G.

So nice to hear that a lucky winner wants to donate to St. Jude's Hospital. Amazing!

5/17/2022 05:33 - Amy G.


5/16/2022 09:34 - Linda D.

St. Judes, the best! You rock for donating!!

5/16/2022 08:39 - Jeffery L.

congratulations!! Enjoy

5/16/2022 01:38 - Sabrina D S.


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