RALEIGH – Pamela Storey, a resident of Raleigh, says that winning a $158,768 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot means she’ll be able to buy a car, help pay for her son’s education, and save for the future.
Storey said that, when she has time, she logs on to the lottery’s website to see if any of her tickets won prizes in recent drawings. Monday afternoon, she discovered that her ticket for the Jan. 31 Carolina Cash 5 drawing matched all five numbers, beating odds of 1 in 575,757 to win the jackpot.
“It’s just a shock to me,” Storey said Tuesday afternoon at lottery headquarters. “It’s like when you wake up in the morning and you’ve dreamed something.”
Storey purchased her winning ticket, worth $107,962 after taxes, at the Han-Dee Hugo on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh.
A Carolina Cash 5 promotion offers players extra chances to win as much as $50,000. In each of five Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawings, five prizes are awarded: One $50,000 grand prize, one $5,000 prize, and three $1,000 prizes. Drawings have already been held on Nov. 14 and Jan. 16. The next one is scheduled for March 20, with an entry deadline of March 13. More details on the promotion are available on the lottery’s website.
Ticket sales for games such as Carolina Cash 5 have enabled the lottery to raise more than $2.6 billion for education initiatives statewide. Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Wake County education programs received more than $189.4 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 need-based college scholarships and financial aid.