RALEIGH – Milton Moore, a retiree from Grimesland in Pitt County, won the $139,232 jackpot in the Nov. 20 Carolina Cash 5 drawing.
“Right now I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Moore said as he collected his winnings. “I’m going to pay off all my bills.”
Moore likes playing lottery jackpot games like Carolina Cash 5 and Powerball. When a jackpot gets big, he buys individual tickets from a few different stores. Moore bought his jackpot-winning ticket at the Handy Mart on N.C. 17 in Chocowinity.
Moore, who has lived all his life in the Eastern United States, said he may use a portion of his $94,678 in after-tax winnings to take a trip to the western part of the country.
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, Pitt County education programs received more than $39.8 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.
A Cash 5 promotion that started Sept. 9 offers players five extra chances to win as much as $50,000. In each Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawings five prizes will be awarded: One $50,000 grand prize, one $5,000 prize, and three $1,000 prizes. The first Bonus Bucks drawing was held on Nov. 14 and the second is scheduled for Jan. 16. More details on the promotion are available on the lottery’s official website.