RALEIGH – Carlton Yarbrough, a retired steel mill worker from Jacksonville, Fla., won a $118,024 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot while vacationing in the North Carolina mountains. Yarbrough matched all five numbers in the May 4 drawing.
“We were driving and decided to stop for a snack at a little mom and pop store,” Yarbrough said. “It was just a spur of the moment thing that paid off.”
Yarbrough plans to use his winnings, worth $80,256 after taxes were withheld, to take a Las Vegas vacation and save for the future. He purchased the lucky ticket at the Corner Store on Bostic Sunshine Highway in Bostic.
“I do thank the state of North Carolina,” Yarbrough said. “It’s become one of my favorite states. This feels great.”
Ticket sales for games such as Carolina Cash 5 have enabled the lottery to raise more than $2.8 billion for education initiatives statewide. Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Rutherford County education programs received more than $16.3 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.