December 5, 2022
A North Carolina man hit the jackpot using his family members’ ages on his $1 Cash 5 ticket.

A North Carolina man hit the jackpot using his family members’ ages on his $1 Cash 5 ticket.

Joseph Eonta of Princeton, North Carolina, won $402,887 with numbers representative of his daughters’ and granddaughters’ ages, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I’m thrilled to death,” Eonta said. “This will help me considerably.”

Eonta bought the ticket at his local food mart.

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“I looked, and I said, ‘Daggum! That looks like it might be the number,’” Eonta said. “I had to look about 20 times. It floored me.”

Eonta collected his prize Thursday and took home $286,091 after required state and federal tax withholdings.

The North Carolina man said he would use his winnings to pay some bills and possibly buy a new car.

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The Cash 5 game is one of four lotteries in North Carolina that allows players to buy their tickets at a retail location or through Online Play. Drawings are held every night.

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