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Wake County man’s lucky numbers, played for years, pay off with $757,577 jackpot win

February 6, 2024 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:45 PM

When Dr. Josh McConkey of Apex buys a lottery ticket, he does not have to think long about the numbers he will play.

“I have numbers that I use with my children’s birthdays and my anniversary and those types of things,” he said.

After playing those numbers for years, they paid off Thursday when McConkey’s ticket, bought using Online Play, matched all five balls in the Cash 5 drawing for a $1.5 million jackpot. He split the prize with another jackpot-winning ticket purchased at the Piggly Wiggly on Tatum Drive in New Bern.

McConkey arrived at lottery headquarters Friday to collect his $757,577 prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $541,670.

The odds of matching numbers on all five balls playing Cash 5 are 1 in 962,598.

“This is quite a day,” McConkey said. “I am still really in shock. It’s pretty wild.”

McConkey, a physician and colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, says he will use his winnings to support his campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress.

“It is definitely needed,” McConkey said. “It is going to help us and put us in a position to help North Carolina.”

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 $185,000.


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2/07/2024 05:04 - Ginger M.

Congrats! Thank you so much sir for your service as a doctor and Colonel in Military What a blessing for you for all you've blessed others Good luck in your aim to be of service to NC as a US Congressman Again Thanks!

2/07/2024 09:49 - Michael B.

NCEL- For the Gray's Creek Bp on Hwy. 87 South Keno win. How many spots and how much was the wager ?NC Lottery
Hi, Michael! For the $212,500 Keno win, the player played $10 per draw with Multiplier and matched 9/10 spots with a 5X Multiplier!

2/07/2024 07:01 - cynthia s.


2/07/2024 05:21 - Steven B.

good story for us to read, continue on with your fulfilling life,more blessings to you.

2/07/2024 03:52 - LATARSHA M.

Congratulations ??

2/06/2024 09:52 - Vivian p.

Congratulations DrMcConkey. Enjoy your Winnings

2/06/2024 09:38 - Berry B.

Could not have happen to a better person, congratulations ??

2/06/2024 09:22 - Bevlin D.

Congratulations on your winning. Thank you for your service.

2/06/2024 06:29 - Floyd P.

Congrats, Dr. McConkey. However, I have to laugh. While you split the winnings with another ticket holder, you are just the latest bug Cash 5 winner from Wake County. I believe it's now the last 6 out of 8 big winners have come from...where else...but, Wake. All other county players really need to evaluate whether to play or not as the odds overwhelming favor Wake no matter the logic NCEL tries using.

2/06/2024 04:52 - raymond g.

Congratulations!! Thank you for your service.

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