RALEIGH – Christopher Young, a newspaper carrier from Monroe, had more than just fireworks to help him celebrate the July 4th holiday this year. His lucky Quick Pick ticket matched all five numbers in Friday’s Carolina Cash 5 drawing, winning the $278,448 jackpot.

“It feels really cool to win on Independence Day,” Young said. “I’m going to buy a new car for my wife and one for myself then save the rest for the future.”

Young, who delivers newspapers for the Charlotte Observer and the Union County Weekly, didn’t know he had won until Sunday morning when a fellow carrier mentioned that a local store had a big winner.

“I went to a store and asked them to print out the winning numbers,” Young said. “I just kept pinching myself. I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was a weird feeling, but I’m really happy about it.”

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Young received a check for $192,689. He purchased the ticket at the Kangaroo Express on Weddington Road in Monroe after watching the local fireworks display.

“I’m still pinching myself,” Young said as he held his check for the first time.

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.4 billion for the state. Net proceeds are used for prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, digital learning initiatives, need-based college scholarships and financial aid.

For details on how more than $66.7 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Union County, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.