RALEIGH – Donald Hibbets, an electronic technician from Elizabeth City, plans to use a portion of his $182,546 Carolina Cash 5 prize to purchase a new truck.
Hibbets matched all five numbers in the Sept. 29 drawing. His ticket was one of two that split the $365,092 jackpot. He learned of his win at the Express Mart on Weeksville Road in Elizabeth City, where he made his lucky purchase.
“I went inside to check my Powerball tickets,” Hibbets said. “While I was there, I asked the clerk to print the Cash 5 numbers out for me. I checked them and started shaking. Then I checked them again. I just couldn’t believe it.”
Hibbets also plans to use some of his winnings, worth $124,131 after state and federal taxes were withheld, to pay bills, make repairs to his home and take a Disney World vacation with his family.
The other half of the jackpot from Saturday’s drawing was claimed by Tracey Smith of Greensboro. Odds of matching all five numbers playing Cash 5 are 1 in 575,757. Players have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prizes.
Since the lottery began through June 30, 2011, Pasquotank County education programs received more than $7.4 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and college scholarships and financial aid based on need.
To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.45 billion for these initiatives statewide.