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Surry County man gets a ‘lucky break’ and wins $100,000 prize

January 23, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:04 PM

Craig Cox of Mount Airy became the second winner of the $100,000 top prize in the Cash 5 Bonus Cash promotion after unknowingly entering into the promotion.

“Most of the time when I play Cash 5 I buy five tickets,” Cox said. “I guess this was a lucky break for me.”

Players who spend $5 or more on a single Carolina Cash 5 ticket in a retail location receive an entry into the drawing. Cox’s lucky break occurred last Monday in the second drawing for the promotion. Each drawing offers one prize of $100,000 and 40 prizes of $500.

Cox, a 59-year-old warehouse worker, purchased his Cash 5 ticket from Cupboard #2 on Old U.S. 601 in Mount Airy. He arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,250.

“This is definitely going to help me,” he said.

Cox said he plans to use his winnings to do some home renovations.

The Cash 5 Bonus Cash Drawing promotion runs through Jan. 29. with one more drawing scheduled. The entry deadline for the last drawing will be this Sunday. The drawing is scheduled for Monday.

Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598. Monday’s jackpot is $331,000.

Ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise an average of $2.5 million a day for education. Last year, Surry County received $6 million, including a $1.7 million school construction grant, to support education programs in the county.


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1/25/2023 10:46 - Paula F.


1/24/2023 02:48 - Brian T.

Steelers fan, I can forgive him. Congratulatuins!!

1/24/2023 12:03 - Bennie P.

Hello. I purchased a 10 dollar cash five ticket at a local retailer, and the lottery machine said "FREE TICKET" twice, but only produced one free ticket. Was that correct?NC Lottery
Hi, Bennie! You would receive one Bonus Cash entry ticket in this case - each single ticket purchase of $5 or more is eligible for a Bonus Cash entry ticket. If you make a $10 purchase but purchase two single tickets at $5, that would qualify for two tickets. Hope this helps to clarify!

1/23/2023 08:19 - Kim B.

I don't care what anybody says the whole dang lottery system is rigged!!! Almost all the winners live or purchase the winning tickets West of Raleigh. Every once in a while you will see a winner East of Raleigh but not they wayit is won West of Raleigh.NC Lottery
Hey there, Kim! If you read the blog or our social media pages long enough, you'll see that we have winners in all different places across North Carolina. We get similar comments from players in every region of the state--some notice that there are many winners in the east. Some say the same thing about the west. Many think that only big cities have big winners. And some mention that a lot of big winners are from small towns. The truth is that it takes a lot of luck to win no matter where you live or play - big city or small town, east or west!

1/23/2023 06:29 - mary b.

Congratulations on your big win.

1/23/2023 06:10 - Tatiana D.

Thank you for doing this promotion. I didn't win anything yet, but maybe my luck will change next week. Please, do more promotions like this one. It is a lot of fun and another chance to win.NC Lottery
Hi, Tatiana! Thank you so much for the feedback - we're glad you enjoyed this promotion and we hope to be able to offer more like this in the future!

1/23/2023 04:14 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! I have no idea how the Cash5 promotion even works, since I use auto draft every week to automatically pay for my on line tickets. Maybe I'm automatically eligible for the promotion, dunno....NC Lottery
Hi there, Joe! Online Play purchases are not eligible for the Cash 5 Bonus Cash promotion - only tickets purchased at retailers or lottery vending machines are eligible. Sorry about that!

1/23/2023 03:41 - Gloria C.

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

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