RALEIGH – The retirement fund for Rudolph Laviner of Wagram just got bigger after he won Monday’s Carolina Cash 5 jackpot of $158,172.
Laviner, a 71-year-old maintenance manager, said he has been working and saving for his retirement for a very long time. His lucky numbers matched all five numbers in the drawing, beating odds of 1 in 575,757.
“I was at work when I saw that I had the winning numbers,” Laviner said. “I shouted across the hall to my coworkers that I had won. I couldn’t quite believe it.”
Laviner said he has been playing the same numbers for the past three weeks. He purchased his lucky ticket at Nic’s Pic Kwic on Main Street in Wagram.
“I’ve always thought I might win, but never dreamed I’d get here,” Laviner said as he looked at his big check for the first time. “It feels great.”
After state and federal taxes were withheld, Laviner received a check for $109,455.
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 $15.2 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Scotland County, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.