Timiaya Ellison of Charlotte, NC has won the lottery! Her Cash 5 lottery ticket was one of two to hit the largest Cash 5 jackpot in game history.
Timiaya won $1.05 million and will take home a whopping $746,016 after federal and state taxes. Timiaya purchased her winning Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K gas station on University Boulevard Charlotte, NC.
Timiaya was getting her hair done and decided to get a lottery ticket, she says:
“When I found out, I thought I had won half of the amount I did. I was getting my hair done yesterday and I said, ‘Oh, let me check my lotto and see if I can use any of it for some gas.’ I was looking at it, just standing there like O-M-G, and misread it because I was so flustered I was through the roof.”
The other winning ticket was purchased at the Circle K on John J Delaney Drive in Charlotte.
Both tickets matched the numbers on all five balls, 3-5-34-40-41. The record-high jackpot marked the first time a Cash 5 jackpot estimate reached over $2 million in the game’s history.
Timiaya claimed her half of the jackpot, $1,054,439, on Thursday April 22, 2021 at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, NC. Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.
Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through Online Play on the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.
Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education.
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