RALEIGH – Charlynn Schultz, a resident of Winston-Salem, said that the moment she realized she’d won a $135,370 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot was like an “out of body experience”.
“I was just about to go to bed when I got on the computer to check my numbers,” Schultz said. “I saw a couple of my numbers matched and thought I had won a dollar. Then I kept seeing them match, one after the other. I didn’t know where I was for a minute. It was just surreal, like a wave coming over me.”
Her ticket for the March 9 drawing matched all five numbers, beating odds of 1 in 575,757 to win the jackpot. She purchased her lucky ticket at the Circle C on Hickory Tree Road in Winston-Salem.
She plans to use her winnings, worth $92,051 after taxes, to pay bills and help pay for her children’s education.
“This is all so overwhelming,” Schultz said as she held her check for the first time. “I feel so blessed.”
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, Forsyth County education programs received more than $80.5 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.