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Charlotte woman thought she won $2 but got a $445,289 jackpot instead

June 2, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:56 PM

Sylvia Spaulding of Charlotte signed on to her lottery’s Online Play account expecting to see a $2 Cash 5 win but found a $445,289 jackpot waiting for her.

“When the numbers first came out, I looked and thought, ‘Wow, one person won all that money. Oh well,’ then I went back to sleep,” Spaulding recalled.

She said when she saw the notification in her email that she won a prize, she just assumed she won $2.

“When I went back and double checked my numbers, that’s when I realized the winner was me,” she said. “I was in shock.”

Spaulding bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket in Monday’s drawing using Online Play on the lottery’s website. After she realized she won, Spaulding said she ran to tell her husband.

“I told him, ‘One person won the whole thing and I just found out it was me,’” she said. “He just said, ‘Wow.’”

Spaulding arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $317,270.

“I don’t think it has hit me completely just yet,” Spaulding said.

She plans to put her winnings into savings.

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. Friday’s jackpot is $137,000.


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6/05/2023 08:23 - Shaquawn R.


6/04/2023 11:50 - Berry B.


6/04/2023 09:36 - Darlene E.

Congrat on the QP.Pays off

6/04/2023 04:58 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Todd Park, NW Charlotte.

6/03/2023 08:16 - steven b.

its a blessing,life is fun!

6/02/2023 10:04 - Lachanda F.

Congratulations ??

6/02/2023 06:06 - joanie m.

Congratulations Sylvia I love playing cash 5 one of my favorite games

6/02/2023 05:32 - roberta n.

Congratulations Sylvia

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