Dale Strickland of Ocean Isle Beach is the winner of a $661,409 Cash 5 jackpot – the largest Cash 5 jackpot awarded to a single winner this year. Strickland, who has worked for 35 years as a wood yard technician, beat odds of 1 in 575,757 to win the jackpot on Saturday, Sept. 1. He kept his good luck a secret until Tuesday evening when he mentioned another recent lottery win in the area to his wife, Beth, who is a retired teacher.
“A couple from Southport won $100,000,” he said to her. “Tell me ten things you would do with $100,000.” The first few items on her list, such as new beach chairs, sounded conservative to Dale. So he asked her to walk to the ocean with him to talk more. As they sat on the beach, Beth suspected what her husband was up to. “You won $100,000 didn’t you?” she asked him. Dale then showed her a picture of his winning ticket on his smartphone. The estimated jackpot for the drawing was printed on the ticket.
A Cash 5 ticket for the Thursday, Sept. 6 drawing is worth $226,039 but has yet to be claimed. It was sold at the Quick Shop Gas Stop on High Point Road in Greensboro. The winning numbers in the drawing were 9-20-35-36-37.
Between now and next summer, the lottery will hold five Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawings. For each drawing, five prizes will be awarded: One $50,000 grand prize, one $5,000 prize, and three $1,000 prizes. The promotion starts on Sunday and it’s easy to be eligible to win. Click here for all the details.
Hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend. See you next time here in the Lucke-Zone.