RALEIGH – Phillip Hagerman, a warehouse packer from Rockingham County, plans to pay off his mortgage after winning $336,415 playing Carolina Cash 5. Hagerman won half of the $672,830 jackpot in the Aug. 8 drawing.
Hagerman was at home on Friday morning when he learned he had matched all five numbers in the drawing.
“I saw the numbers scroll while watching the news this morning,” Hagerman said. “It was unreal. I had to check two or three times.”
Hagerman said he may take a vacation with his winnings, which amounted to $228,762 after state and federal taxes were withheld. He purchased the lucky Quick Pick ticket at the Brown Summit Shell on N.C. 150 in Browns Summit.
As of Friday afternoon, the second winning Cash 5 ticket from Thursday’s drawing has not been claimed. The ticket was purchased at the Wilco on South Stratford Road in Winston-Salem.
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 $22.4 million in lottery dollars have made a difference in Rockingham County, go to the Where the Money Goes webpage at http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx.