Roosevelt Manuel III of Sylva always told people he would win big and his prediction came true when a $1 Cash 5 ticket delivered a $458,841 jackpot.
“I kept saying one of these days I’m going to win,” he said.
Manuel, 70, bought his lucky Quick Pick ticket from Catamount Pump & Go on Steeple Road in Sylva. He matched all five white balls in the Jan. 14 drawing to win the jackpot. Manuel said he watched the Cash 5 drawing live on television.
“It will probably take a couple more days to really sink in,” he said.
Manuel arrived at lottery headquarters Wednesday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $326,925.
He said he plans to use his winnings to help take care of his family.
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.
The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598. Thursday’s jackpot is $100,000.
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