RALEIGH – Charles Pace, a home repairman from Winston-Salem, plans to purchase a new car after winning $336,415 playing Carolina Cash 5. Pace won half of the $672,830 jackpot by matching all five numbers in the Aug. 8 drawing.
Pace learned of his big win on Friday morning while sitting in his van outside the Wilco on South Stratford Road in Winston-Salem, where he made his purchase.
“I had asked them to print out the winning numbers from last night,” Pace said. “I was sitting there looking at the numbers and I thought I was imagining the whole thing. This feels real good. Fantastic.”
Pace said he may also take a beach vacation with his winnings, which amounted to $228,762 after state and federal taxes were withheld.
The second winning Cash 5 ticket from Thursday’s drawing was claimed on Friday morning by Phillip Hagerman of Rockingham County. Hagerman’s ticket was purchased at the Brown Summit Shell on N.C. 150 in Browns Summit.
Since the lottery began, North Carolina has received more than $2.9 billion to support education programs. The lottery completed its seventh straight year of record sales and record earnings for the state on June 30, 2013, recording a 5.8 percent increase in sales and an estimated 4 percent increase in earnings. Lottery dollars support teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction and repair projects, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, college scholarships and financial aid based on need and digital learning initiatives.
To see how more than $80.5 million in lottery dollars have made a difference in Forsyth County, go to the Where the Money Goes webpage at http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx.