RALEIGH – Roxanne Coppedge of Louisburg says she plans “to live a little” after winning a $140,191 jackpot in the Carolina Cash 5 game on Tuesday night.
“I called the lottery hotline late that night and checked the numbers,” Coppedge said. “I didn’t think it was true. I must have called fifty times to make sure. I even slept on the ticket all night to make sure I didn’t lose it.”
After state and federal taxes were withheld, Coppedge received a check for $97,012. She purchased the lucky ticket, which beat odds of 1 in 575,757, at the Five Star Grocery on N.C. 39 North in Louisburg.
“I’m going to put this money to good use,” Coppedge said.
As of December 2013, the lottery has raised more than $3.19 billion to benefit education programs. Lottery dollars support teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction and repair projects, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, need-based college scholarships and financial aid and digital learning initiatives.
To see how more than $15 million in lottery dollars have made a difference in Franklin County, go to the Where the Money Goes webpage at http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx.