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REGIONAL: Mecklenburg County man says $696,227 Cash 5 jackpot is ‘unbelievable’

RALEIGH – Alvin Livingston of Charlotte tried his luck on a $1 Cash 5 ticket and was shocked to learn it won him a $696,227 jackpot.

“It feels unbelievable,” he said of his big win.

Livingston purchased his winning Quick Pick ticket for Thursday’s drawing from the Quik Trip on Central Avenue in Charlotte.

He claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday and took home $492,581 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Tuesday’s jackpot is $129,000.

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 either through 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 a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.