Richard Pietrowski of Monroe had luck on his side when he won a $313,594 Cash 5 jackpot.

He beat odds of one in 749,398 to win the Sept. 16 drawing.

Pietrowski used his own numbers, and bought a $1 ticket at the Circle K on Weddington Road in Monroe.

He claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Pietrowski took home $209,124.

Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million dollars a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.