RALEIGH – Ulysses Ware, a resident of Fayetteville, won a Carolina Cash 5 jackpot worth $159,677 on Monday afternoon. Ware matched all five numbers in the Nov. 16 drawing to win the jackpot.

“I’m just really happy about this,” Ware said as he received his check, worth $108,580 after taxes were withheld.

Ware purchased the winning ticket at the Kangaroo Express on Bunce Road in Fayetteville.

Ticket sales for games such as Carolina Cash 5 have enabled the lottery to raise more than $2.58 billion for education initiatives statewide. Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Cumberland County education programs received more than $97.9 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 need-based college scholarships and financial aid.

The NCEL recently held the first of five Carolina Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawings, a promotion that will run through next summer. The lottery will hold four more Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawings during that time. In each drawing, five prizes are awarded: One $50,000 grand prize, one $5,000 prize, and three $1,000 prizes. The next drawing occurs on Jan. 16, 2013.

To get a Bonus Bucks entry slip, a Cash 5 purchase of $5 must be made in one of two ways. A player can select five sets of numbers for one drawing on a single ticket or choose one set of numbers for five drawings on a single ticket. Along with the $5 Cash 5 ticket, an entry slip for the Bonus Bucks drawing will be generated at no extra cost. The entry slip received at the time of purchase must be kept and then validated at one of the lottery’s regional claim centers to collect a prize won in the drawing.