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Farmville welder collects his half of $643,796 Cash 5 jackpot

February 11, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:18 PM
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De’Andre Spencer Sr. of Farmville says he knows it takes a lot of luck to win a jackpot, but he always believed he would one day. 
 
That day came on Monday, Feb. 4, when Spencer stopped by Vapor Tobacco & More on Marlboro Road in Farmville and bought one of the two tickets that beat odds of 1 in 962,598 to split the Cash 5 jackpot of $643,796.
 
“It’s something that I always envisioned, but it is still a shock,” said Spencer, a welder. “I always expected to win though. I’m a good guy. I feel like I was supposed to win. I’m a positive person and I treat people right.” 
 
Spencer claimed his half of the jackpot, $321,898, Monday, and said he would use some of his winnings to pay bills. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $227,743.
 
Spencer said he was fine with sharing his good luck with someone else. “I only paid $1 for that ticket,” he said. 
 
The other half of the jackpot went to a Wake County man, Michael Wildenberg of Raleigh. He claimed his prize Tuesday.
   
Cash 5 is a statewide draw game that gives players the chance to win a jackpot every single night. Tickets cost $1 and players can buy tickets at most lottery retailers or through Online Play on the lottery’s website. Jackpots start at $100,000. Monday night’s jackpot is $238,000.
 
Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how $10.4 million in lottery funds made a difference in Pitt County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

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2/18/2019 05:54 - Fernando C.

I need to hit.my.numbers

2/15/2019 09:50 - Roderick P.

How many entries did the previous collasal cash have at end and how many in this one so far pls?NC Lottery
The Colossal Cash second-chance drawing that ended in January had 951,238 entries. As of this week, the latest Colossal Cash drawing has 299,476 entries.

2/14/2019 06:09 - Raphael R.

Can't think of a more deserving winner than a working man!

2/13/2019 08:52 - Tomekia B.

CONGRATS Guys!!!!!!!!!! One day and I hope very soon, that's going to be me. Winning and sharing the LOVE!!!

2/13/2019 08:25 - Roderick P.

How long can you hold tickets before you cant scan for points?NC Lottery
Hey Roderick, If it is a draw game ticket, you are able to collect points up to 180 days from the drawing. If it is a scratch-off ticket, you can collect points as long as the game is still active.

2/12/2019 10:52 - Barbara G.

Congrats to both Winners. Blessings.

2/12/2019 10:42 - Charlie H.

Congratulations De'Andre! I may not be next but it's definitely in my future!

2/12/2019 07:23 - Austin H.

If some one wins the jackpot and purchase the winning ticket online will they just get a email or will someone call the person that won the winning ticket.and has there ever been a jackpot winning ticket that was bought online?NC Lottery
Hey Austin, We have had a fair share of Online Play winners! Most recently, we have had a $30,000 Mega Millions win, $250,000, $100,000 and $150,000 Powerball wins, countless $5,000 Lucky for Life wins, and even a few Cash 5 jackpots! If a player wins a prize though Online Play, they will receive an email notification and a message center notification with instructions on how to claim their prize.

2/12/2019 05:01 - David M.

Why did they discontinue play at the pump feature NC Lottery
The company providing the technology that allowed lottery tickets to be sold at the gas pump discontinued that service in North Carolina.

2/12/2019 10:39 - Herman S.

Congrats to each winner. Enjoy the Valentine Day shopping with your love ones. Hoping I can get a big win on Valentine day with the RED Ball in play. My V Day Pick3 numbers are 377,513 and 917.

2/12/2019 07:37 - Schmeka w.

Its hard to win that cash 5 playing your own numbers. I heard mostly quick pick wins NC Lottery
Whether you choose your own numbers or go with a Quick Pick, your odds of winning don't change! You simply see more winners who won with a Quick Pick ticket because a lot more players choose to buy a Quick Pick ticket. With draw games, the odds of winning are based off of the total number of possible combinations, so no matter what numbers you choose or how you choose them, your odds are the same.

2/12/2019 07:33 - Schmeka w.

I am confused about the delay in the lottery drawing last night due to a overnight fire when the live drawing takes place at the news station and not at the lottery headquarters.NC Lottery
Sorry about that, Schmeka. Our HQ building was evacuated while emergency crews evaluated a chemical leak in the building. As a part of our standard draw procedures, a portion of our draw team is located a lottery HQ to observe, receive and validate the results from the live televised drawing. Without them present at our HQ, the drawing cannot be conducted. Once the building was reopened, the drawing took place.

2/12/2019 06:43 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

2/11/2019 07:02 - Paul G.

congratulations, Mr. Spencer!

2/11/2019 05:24 - James J.

Congrats De'Andre! That is the best attitude to have. You have to feel that one day a big win will happen. And Sir you are right, it is luck! The lottery is not rigged, how could it be? People always complain because they never win. If everyone wins there would be no lottery. I enjoy playing cash5 and do think I will win someday! I have played my numbers for almost 10 years now, but I don't spend money I don't have to spend or buy 50 tickets when the jackpot gets really high. Hitting the lottery is a dream for many,many people but the reality is most of us will never win. These harsh comments about NCEL being rigged is absurd. That's all I have and GREAT LUCK TO ALL!!!!!

2/11/2019 03:21 - cheryl c.

thats great waiting for my turn. uncee in fayetteville.

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