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Sampson County man plays Cash 5 for first time, wins $331,792

August 21, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:46 AM

Clinton resident Michael Eaves decided to try his luck playing Cash 5 on Wednesday, a decision that led to a $331,792 jackpot win.

“It was my first time playing that game,” he said.

Eaves said he bought his $1 Quick Pick ticket using Online Play on the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.

“I was just sitting there in my recliner that evening and I purchased the tickets using my smart phone,” Eaves recalled.

After checking his numbers the next morning, Eaves told his wife that he thought he won.

“I still wasn’t certain,” he said. “When I decided it was real, we began discussing how we were going to use the money.”

He said they talked about using the winnings to help with house and car payments as well as giving some money to charity and his church.

He arrived at lottery headquarters Friday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $236,404.

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. Monday’s jackpot is $179,000.


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8/24/2023 07:22 - William P.

Very nice ?? what a beautiful blessing

8/24/2023 04:12 - shonica g.

Congratulations ?? ??

8/23/2023 12:12 - JONATHAN L.

The odds of winning are the same every time you play so play once or many times in the past its still the same odds. Congrats to Michael for a great win. Question to staff, is Cash 5 always picked with random number generator, or is it sometimes played with the ball machine ? what determines it daily ?NC Lottery
Hi, Jonathan! Cash 5 is conducted with a ball machine each day.

8/23/2023 10:41 - Joe S.

Congrats from Charlotte!

8/23/2023 10:00 - Mary H.

Congratulations:). Just wondering was there a winner of the Black Titanium scratch off to get a pack of scratch off tickets? Was there any announcements of the winner of this contest?NC Lottery
Hi, Mary! You can view the list of winners from our Unlock Black Titanium Promotion on our post here: https://www.facebook.com/nclottery/posts/pfbid04c8JtGvCNZGJsZPLVZaPaZmJmz14kySZxFQjj6Zq5XwCempuNG6VizcdtS1vHNHsl?comment_id=823571902414185.

8/23/2023 09:30 - mary b.

Congratulations on your big win. What a blessing to win the first time playing. I have been playing for ever.

8/22/2023 08:13 - Tatiana D.

Every game draw is a separate and independent event. It doesn't matter how many times you played and how many tickets you bought. I recently got two $5 scratch off tickets, one after another. The first one won $50, and I thought, of course, that the next one will not be a winner. Wrong! The second one won $100! It was very unusual, but it does happen. And I also don't play very often. It's just luck.NC Lottery
That's amazing, Tatiana! Congratulations on the wins!

8/22/2023 08:09 - Tatiana D.

It can happen. It is called newbie luck. I know, it is hard to believe, but luck is blind. Congratulations to the winner! It is nice to see a miraculous story like this.

8/22/2023 06:27 - shirley b.

I'm still waiting for 8888 4444 5555. These quads have never.......dropped in NC. What is the problem?

8/22/2023 08:45 - Cynthia A.

Congratulations! To play the first time and win while others like me have played for years and never won more than a few dollars, that's nothing short of a miracle. Keep playing because you have the lucky gene or whatever it is that's causing these unexplained miracles. I think I'm just going to stop playing. But, yes, enjoy your winnings!

8/21/2023 12:50 - Jami R.

Don’t get me wrong…I am very happy for those that win, but to win cash 5 the first time playing???? Come on. I also live in Sampson County and I play at least three times a week, online and in-store. My bet is this is his first time playing online, not first time period. That said, congratulations and spend wisely. It goes fast.

8/21/2023 10:20 - Linda D.

that is just wonderful, glad to see a big winner in my home town,

8/21/2023 09:06 - Douglas H.

Congratulations to Michael Eaves and Family. What an amazing blessing we were actually in the same boat winning a great win in Georgia the first time we ever played the lottery we couldn’t believe it. We put every penny of it to great use and help others and rescue animals. It was a win-win.:). Enjoy your winnings.

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