RALEIGH – Thomas Turner III of Greensboro said Friday he’ll use the $200,804 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot he won to pay some bills and maybe take a vacation or cruise.
The single Quick Pick ticket that Turner bought at Sam’s Food Store on Liberty Road in Greensboro matched all five numbers in the Thursday night drawing.
Turner said he checked the winning numbers in his morning paper and remembered that he had two of them. Then, when he compared his actual Cash 5 ticket to the winning numbers he saw he had all five. Still, he said, he couldn’t believe his good luck until his wife checked the numbers too.
“I said you have to make sure this is not a dream,” Turner said. “We were just elated over it. I’m just blessed. It’s a great blessing.”
Through June 30 of last year, Guildford County players won more than $187 million in lottery prizes and local retailers earned more than $24 million in commissions on ticket sales. During the same time frame, Guilford County education programs received more than $102 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, need-based college scholarships and prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds.
To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.2 billion for these initiatives statewide.