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Raleigh man wins $662,878 jackpot after missing it by one number a week before

November 30, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:31 PM

Raleigh resident Joshua Allen recently missed a jackpot win by one number but he didn’t miss on Tuesday night when he matched all five numbers to win a $662,878 Cash 5 jackpot.

“About a week ago I actually matched four of the five balls playing Cash 5,” he recalled.

Allen said he already knows what he wants to do with his winnings.

“I can use this money to put a down payment on a house,” he said.

Allen said the main reason he bought the $1 Cash 5 ticket was because his grandfather used to love playing Cash 5.

“It was always his favorite game over the years so I decided to play it because he did,” Allen said.

He bought his lucky Quick Pick ticket using Online Play. The odds of matching numbers on all five balls playing Cash 5 are 1 in 962,598.

“It was surreal,” Allen recalled.

He claimed his prize at lottery headquarters Thursday in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $472,303.

Allen said in addition to looking for a house, he plans to pay off some student loans.

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. Tonight’s Cash 5 jackpot stands at $110,000.

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12/10/2023 12:16 - JUANITA G.


12/10/2023 04:24 - Harriet H.

Congratulations on your win!

12/06/2023 11:48 - Adam R.

Congratulations! I have hit 4 out 5 balls 3 times in the last few months or so. Soon it will be me!

12/06/2023 08:36 - Roger K.

Well broke down and played the fast play, last night. Was hoping to win that big jackpot of at the time I played it was,615,159. No jackpot win, but did win 50 dollars on it. Satisfied with that win, but can you imagine what it would be like having over 615,159 in the bank!NC Lottery
Congratulations on the win, Roger! Crossing our fingers for you for a jackpot win in the future!

12/05/2023 09:26 - BARRY C.

My time is coming, I’ve hit 4 of 5 about 6 times and 1 time on the second draw for 500.00 last week. Cant. Wait. :-)NC Lottery
Wishing you lots of luck, Barry! :D

12/04/2023 07:03 - Roger K.

Wow! What can I say. Lucky dog! 472,303 would have made my day! It's a coming, missed last night drawing on cash 5 double play by two numbers. Maybe tonight is the night!

12/03/2023 08:15 - Gardenia H.

Congratulations on your win

12/02/2023 06:28 - Karen M.

Maybe his guardian angel (grandfather) interceded on his behalf. Definitely a blessing. Congratulations!

12/01/2023 05:06 - Archie C.

Congratulations on your wins

12/01/2023 02:47 - Jami R.

How the heck…if this is a true story then i am happy for him. Also i hope he believes in miracles but more importantly a higher power.

12/01/2023 10:29 - Steven B.

a Holiday blessing for sure....

12/01/2023 10:05 - roddney h.

It's unbelievable and says for sure it was meant for him.

12/01/2023 08:49 - Conchita M.


12/01/2023 06:32 - JONATHAN L.

Talk about luck, i can go 25 draws and not win a dollar. Four of five then five of five is impressively breaking the odds.

12/01/2023 02:43 - George H.


12/01/2023 01:54 - Douglas H.

CONGRATULATIONS Joshua!! Wonderful win at a wonderful time of the year. So happy for you. Enjoy your new beautiful home.

11/30/2023 10:52 - Debra P.

Congratulations! ??

11/30/2023 10:40 - Callie D.


11/30/2023 10:26 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Joshua, Enjoy your Winnings and your new home.Have a wonderful Holiday.

11/30/2023 10:22 - Elizabeth W.

Congratulations ??

11/30/2023 07:37 - Keith F.

Ive lost some hope ..

11/30/2023 07:09 - Ray C.

kool.....wish i'd get lucky soon..

11/30/2023 05:35 - Keisha V.

congratulations to you...

11/30/2023 05:18 - steven e.

was he playing the same numbers both timesNC Lottery
Hey, Steven! This winner won with a Quick Pick ticket, so most likely his numbers were different than the week before. :)

11/30/2023 05:11 - George J.

Congrats! Another Raleigh winner!

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