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Sampson County woman’s Mother’s Day ticket wins $1.3 million jackpot

May 14, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 4:12 PM
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For Mother’s Day, Vielka Roman of Autryville got the gift of a lifetime when her sister’s present to her turned into a $1.3 million jackpot.

“I just can’t believe it,” said Roman. “I’m still in shock.”

On Sunday, Roman, her fiancé, Al, and her sister, Neris, all went out for a celebratory Mother’s Day meal. After dinner, they stopped at Carlie C’s IGA on Cedar Creek Road in Fayetteville.

“Carolina Cash 5 is her favorite game,” said Neris. “So I bought her the lucky ticket as a Mother’s Day present.”

The next day, Roman and her fiancé headed to the mountains for a short vacation. On the drive up, Roman asked Al to look up if they had won anything in Sunday’s drawing.

“I was looking at the app on the phone and I saw confetti burst,” said Al. “I had to check the numbers five times to make sure they were real.”

They turned the car around right away and headed to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her prize – but not before picking up Roman’s sister.

“We are very close,” said Roman. “She was the first person I called!”

“I think everyone would like to have a sister like her,” said Neris. “She has always been there for me. And when she won she said to me, ‘If I win, then you also win.’”

Sunday’s jackpot was the third largest in Carolina Cash 5 history, totaling $1,354,174. After required state and federal withholdings, Roman took home $958,078. She plans to use the prize to make life easier by paying off the house and her car.

“We just moved here, just bought a house,” said Roman. “It will be nice to have room to breathe. Neris can have more time to plant in her garden. We will be able to spend more time with each other as a family.”

Draw games like Carolina Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education. For details on how $4.9 million in lottery funds have made a difference in Sampson County, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

 


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5/16/2019 09:55 - Janet M.

Has anyone ever hit Cash5 playing online?NC Lottery
Absolutely! We've had a few Cash 5 jackpot winners from Online Play. We share the winning ticket locations each day on our Twitter page, so here's a link to the Cash 5 online winners that we have announced in the past: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40nclottery%20cash%205%20online&src=typed_query

5/16/2019 09:21 - Kyle E.

The lottery can't control when, where, who, or for how much any game - draw or scratch off - will win; lottery games don't work that way. So you really don't know how NCEL works; the odds may seem ridiculous but the lottery doesn't actually set the odds, math sets the odds using the number of tickets printed and the number of winning tickets in the game for the scratch off games. For draw games it's the numbers alone that set the odds.

5/16/2019 04:08 - Berry B.

God has bless you,njoy!!

5/15/2019 09:24 - stan m.

very nice story about how you plan to spend the money,I went to school in Salemburg years ago. I know that money will help the economy there!!!

5/15/2019 11:36 - Brenda S.

Nice sister to have, I would do the same for my family.

5/15/2019 09:30 - Charlie H.

Congratulations Vielka! I know Neris shares your excitement. I give a scratch off ticket to my favorite waitress every week and I would be thrilled to see her win a big prize!

5/15/2019 07:02 - Angel W.

This is so awesome! God bless

5/15/2019 05:57 - vanessa b.

congratulation

5/15/2019 04:32 - Rodney R.

Just a $1 ticket?NC Lottery
That's right! The great thing about Carolina Cash 5 is that a $1 ticket could win the jackpot.

5/15/2019 04:07 - Anthony C.

Next time its going to be me ,but I will wait until my turn . that is a beautiful cash 5 story God bless her sister

5/15/2019 12:09 - Schmeka w.

Congratulations!! It will be awhile before someone else hit again cause they got to take it more money since that was a big payout. I would be surprised to see it hit in a few days but I doubt it. I know how NCEL works and the odds are ridiculous

5/15/2019 12:00 - Vicki G.

Congratulations!! I love that you and your sister get to enjoy your big win!! :)

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