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Lenoir County woman began jumping and screaming after $216,817 jackpot win

May 30, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:51 AM

A major celebration broke out in a Kinston convenience store after Aurelia Heiple, a Kinston resident, discovered she was the winner of a $216,817 Cash 5 jackpot.

“I was screaming and jumping,” Heiple laughed. “I didn’t know I could move like that.”

She bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket in the May 19 drawing from Murphy Express on West Vernon Avenue in Kinston. When she went back to the store several days later to check her ticket, the clerk told her it was a winner. Heiple said everyone in the store reacted to her big win.

“They were all clapping and congratulating me,” she said.

Jessica Trinidad, a Murphy Express employee, was working when Heiple won.

“We all went nuts,” Trinidad recalled. “It was crazy.”

Heiple said she only started playing Cash 5 recently.

“I never played Cash 5 until my brother got me playing,” she said. “This was only the third time I’ve ever played.”

Heiple arrived at lottery headquarters to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $154,482.

She plans to use her winnings to buy a Chevrolet Camaro and do some investing.

Cash 5 is one of six lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through a retail location or with Online Play. The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598. Tuesday’s jackpot is $100,000.

Check out the cool video below of Heiple at lottery headquarters.


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8/26/2023 09:11 - Barbarette S.

Congratulations the Lord always bless right on time!

6/03/2023 07:37 - Eugene H.

I don't understand why people take their tickets to the store and check them. Almost everyone has a mobile phone and can download the NCEL app and check your tickets with it and enter them for rewards points as well.

5/31/2023 03:31 - Jami R.

You got that right, Morris B. In this day and age some folks would beat you down and take it if they wanted it bad enough. “If” I’m every so fortunate as to win something of substance I will jump up and down in my head. LOL. However, I neither scratch my tickets or look at them in the store. Congratulations on your win. I hope that Camaro is all you want it to be.

5/31/2023 09:43 - Joe S.

Happy Days! Congrats from Charlotte!

5/30/2023 06:23 - MORRIS B.

Last thing i would do if jump up and down screaming letting everyone in a crowded store know I just won that much money. Not in 2023 no way. Someone could easily follow you home or try to rob you of your ticket. Congratulations anyways

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