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Johnston County man ‘ecstatic’ over $120,000 jackpot win

November 29, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:41 PM

Bryan Caves of Willow Spring called his wife immediately to tell her the good news after his Cash 5 ticket delivered them a $120,000 jackpot.

“She couldn’t believe it so she drove to the store to double-check it,” he laughed.

Caves said he only bought the Cash 5 ticket because he was hoping to win a prize in the November Bonus Cash promotion.

“I really just got it hoping to win one of the $500 prizes,” he said.

Caves bought his lucky $1 ticket from Logan’s Safeway Mini Mart on N.C. 210 in Four Oaks where he is the owner and bought the ticket from one of his cashiers. His ticket matched all five numbers to win the jackpot in the Nov. 16 drawing. The odds of matching numbers on all five balls are 1 in 962,598.

“I was ecstatic,” Caves recalled. “Just surprised and elated.”

He claimed his prize at lottery headquarters Tuesday in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $85,501.

Caves said he plans to do some home repairs and pay off part of his mortgage.

Cash 5 is one of six lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets at a retail location or with Online Play through the lottery’s website or the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.

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12/07/2023 12:18 - Mike S.

Now there's an insider job. Store owner buys a ticket from his store just get a second chance ticket and then wins the jackpot-no way this is legit.NC Lottery
Hey there, Mike! While there is no law in North Carolina barring retailers or their employees from playing the lottery, more than 80 percent of all lottery retailers in North Carolina report having a “No Play on Duty” policy for employees, including 99 percent of corporate retailers such as grocery and convenience store chains. Rest assured, our security teams look into every win, and looks into wins from retailer employees extremely closely, and lottery prizes are only awarded when there is no evidence to suggest something is wrong.

12/01/2023 01:57 - Douglas H.

Congratulations Bryan. This is such a fantastic win right before Christmas. Enjoy it all. :-)

11/30/2023 03:18 - Jacqueline P.

Hi, It's me again asking the same old question, Will ticket entrees ever inccrese from 75 a day? Thank you very much.NC Lottery
Hi, Jacqueline! At this time, we don't have any plans to change the daily limit from 75 tickets per day. We'll share on our site and pages if that ever changes, though!

11/30/2023 11:00 - shirley b.

Trips and quads way overdue in NC

11/30/2023 10:59 - shirley b.

Trips and quad due in NC

11/30/2023 06:53 - roberta n.


11/30/2023 12:24 - Shenice d.

Congratulations. I know this man wife. Well deserving of this winnings. Awesome family.

11/29/2023 11:15 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Bryan. Enjoy your Winnings. Happy Holidays.

11/29/2023 09:22 - Jackie A.

Congratulations from G-Vegas!

11/29/2023 06:06 - Paul W.

Hi Ncel and Marc. The winner has to present the ticket to claim a prize, correct? It prints QP behind the line when it's a quick pick. So?NC Lottery
Hey there, Paul! Our Prize Validation team processes winner claims when a winner brings their ticket in, but our Communications team are the ones that interview winners and write the blog stories - we don't see the winning tickets. We love when players share more info with us about their win, but in NC only a player's name, hometown, game played, and amount won are required to be public information - anything else a winner chooses to share about their win is up to them!

11/29/2023 03:10 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! :)

11/29/2023 01:50 - marc g.

id like to know did he pick his numbers or did he quick pick?NC Lottery
Hi, Marc! Sometimes winners will share with us whether they chose their own numbers or did Quick Pick, but this winner did not, so unfortunately we don't know the answer to this question!

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