Kevin Horn of Maggie Valley tried his luck on a Cash 5 ticket and won a $181,893 jackpot.
Horn purchased his winning ticket for the March 3 drawing from the Roadrunner on Dellwood Road in Waynesville.
He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, Horn took home $128,690.
Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Monday’s jackpot is $100,000.
The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.
Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through Online Play on the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.
Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education.
In Fiscal Year 2020, education programs in Haywood County received $2,909,423 in lottery funds. Elected officials in the state legislature decide how to best use the money provided to the state by the lottery each year.
Lottery funds have made a difference in Haywood County every year since 2006. Over time, lottery funds have been directed by legislators to support different education programs, including paying for the salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, and digital learning initiatives.
Last year, a total of $361,773 was directed to Haywood County pre-kindergarten programs. The N.C. Pre-K program serves 4-year-old children who are at risk of falling behind their peers as they prepare for kindergarten. Thanks to lottery funds, 70 children in Haywood County were provided a free, academic pre-school experience last year.
The lottery funds also help send students to college. Last year, $149,091 was allocated to provide scholarships based on financial need to help students cover the costs of attending a state university or community college in North Carolina. Last year, 141 students in Haywood County received scholarships.
In addition, lottery funds also provided $28,700 in financial aid to college students through the UNC Need-Based Grant Program. The money supports grants to help students cover the costs of attending a state university within the UNC system. Last year, 184 Haywood County students received these grants.
The lottery also provides non-instructional support to schools. Last year, $1,774,024 in funds helped support the operations of public and charter schools, including the costs of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers.
Just like students need a place to learn, they also need a safe way to get to school. Money raised by the lottery helps cover costs for school-provided transportation, like bus drivers’ salaries, fuel and other related costs.
Last year, Haywood County received over $74,144 to help cover the cost of school transportation. Local officials decide the best use of the funds the county receives.
In addition, school systems can use lottery funds to help build and repair schools. Last year, $521,691 was allocated to school construction to meet needs that otherwise would have to be paid for by other means such as property taxes. Local school officials decide the best use of the construction funds the county receives.
For more information, visit www.nclottery.com.