“I think it was at $500,000 on the 27th and so I said, ‘Well, it’s time to start playing again,’” recalled Bennett. “So, on the 28th I decided to go out and play.”
He purchased his winning Quick Pick ticket for the Dec. 28 drawing from the Super Stop on Neuse Boulevard in New Bern.
The next morning, Bennett woke up to celebrate his mother’s birthday and decided to check his tickets using his NC Lottery Official Mobile App.
“The first ticket I turned over was the winner,” he recalled. “It was pretty exciting.”
Bennett claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $454,760.
“I feel blessed,” he said of winning the jackpot. “I’ll probably take care of some bills and give a little bit to some of the family.”
Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Wednesday’s jackpot is $100,000.