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$891,000 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot could break record

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The Carolina Cash 5 jackpot has rolled into record territory. If only one ticket matches all five numbers in Saturday’s drawing, the $891,000 prize would mark the largest Cash 5 jackpot ever awarded to a single winner. The current record is held by a Greenville player who won $856,998 in November of 2007.

The last time Cash 5 players had the chance to win a jackpot this big was May 5, 2011 when three lucky tickets split a $1.3 million jackpot – the largest in the game’s history. The current jackpot run started Feb. 21 and could eclipse that record.

61 Comments

On 3/02/2013 03:40, DebinNC said

We no longer get lottery coverage on WRAL. Can you get us coverage in our area, the Wilmington/Shallotte area?

On 3/02/2013 03:46, Player said

i hope i hit i dont even care if i got to share the jackpot that would be a great blessing for me and i would thank God first and then bless others good luck to everyone that plays the cash 5

On 3/02/2013 04:30, Player said

if it's mint .I will give some to a chairty and buy a house for my kids to call home ..And put some back for my kids for school...AMEN

On 3/02/2013 04:31, dustwel said

I am claiming this jackpot. Thank you God!

On 3/02/2013 04:33, Player said

i am trying to win

On 3/02/2013 05:02, diva123 said

I have already won it. This is my jackpot!!! It is my Flourishing Finish!!!

On 3/02/2013 05:33, Ilovefood said

I got my tickets.

On 3/02/2013 05:53, seeker said

what a life changing blessing it would be to hit all five numbers the odds are against me but it sure is nice to dream of the things money could provide!

On 3/02/2013 05:58, cblack said

Hope it's me

On 3/02/2013 05:59, default = Player said

I play Cash5, Power Ball, and Mega Millions all the time on a daily basie in Charlotte, North Carolina, but I sometime worry if I will ever be a winner in the charlotte area where I live. I really Love the Games and Play everyday, but cannot be a single winner in a day.

On 3/02/2013 06:08, The Pilot said

I am not greedy. $891,000 would change things enough for me, starting with finishing up my flight training.

On 3/02/2013 06:10, Player said

every time i go and play a number the cashier tells me that this is a gimmick, that nobody hardly hits for anything, tickets,games or whatever. now im starting to believe it because ive been playing every since the lottery has been out, any ive never hit anything 3,cash5 mega power ball whatever the 1,2,5, 10 and $20 tickets ive never hit i find that very odd, i dont think my luck is that bad,im just just starting to think that this a big getover and you are making billions at pimping and pedaling people fortheir hard earned money and you are keeping the majority of it.

On 3/02/2013 06:18, elikat02 said

Good luck to everyone - I hope I win!!! :)

On 3/02/2013 06:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SW) - Most of what the lottery brings in is paid back to players in the form of prizes - about $2.6 million a day. You're right that your luck isn't any different than anyone elses. It will always be true with games of chance - in North Carolina and anywhere else - that it takes a lot of luck to win. The odds of winning $500 playing Pick 3 are 1 in 1000; the odds of winning at least a breakeven prize on a scratch-off game are usually between 1 in 3 and 1 in 5; but every time you play, your odds are the same, they dont get better or worse as time goes by. We hope people will play the lottery for fun, and if its not fun for you, then there are things more important than playing games of chance, and we wish you the best.

On 3/02/2013 06:42, Player said

About half million after taxes...I'll take it!

On 3/02/2013 07:01, Player said

Of course, it is time to get a ticket! Good luck, everyone!

On 3/02/2013 07:10, Discipleshane2011 said

I AM SURE THAT SOMEONE WILL WIN....I JUST HOPE IT SOMEONE MORE THAN AN HOUR AWAY FROM THE HEADQUARTERS. IT SEEM 90 PERCENT OF THE PRIZE GO TO THAT DEMOGRAPHICS. I HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN EVER PROMOTION AND I HAVE WON ANYTHING BIG YET. I DO HOPE SOON THOU.GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO DOES PLAY.

On 3/02/2013 07:12, Player said

my mom would always tell my father he wasn't going to win and my father would say his chances are as good as any else and he was guaranteed to lose if he never played lol

On 3/02/2013 07:15, Player said

That would be a blessing from god i would be able bugme a house and help peopleang give back

On 3/02/2013 07:17, Player said

True indeed..u said it all n @ nut shell....odds slim chance.........

On 3/02/2013 08:08, Lucky1 said

I want to wish everyone the best of luck in tonights drawing. As long as you have one ticket you're in the game. : :-D

On 3/02/2013 08:24, pa-pa said

I will be blessed with this drawing,it's my time.

On 3/02/2013 09:00, tarabgood said

HOPE I WIN CAUSE IT WILL HELP ME OUT BEING A SINGLE PARENT. GOOD LUCK TO ALL. IM NOT GREEDY THOUGH I DONT MIND IF I HAD TO SPLIT IT WITH SOMEONE!!!!IF ITS MEANT TO BE IT WILL BE BUT IF NOT I GUES ITS NOT MEANT TO BE IF I WIN I WIN IF I DONT I JUST DONT.

On 3/02/2013 09:02, Sonny said

been playing since it began in NC. The thrill of playing the unkown is exciting and fun. I am 82 and hope something comes up soon.

On 3/02/2013 09:09, Mike said

Quit praising the Lord and praying while gambling!

On 3/02/2013 09:13, Player said

This is better than the ca$ino, odds are alot better to, and if nothing else education benefits to our kids.

On 3/02/2013 09:17, Swafi said

I TOO GOT MY TICKETS AND I CLAIM IT AND STAND IN AGREEMENT WITH ALL PLAYERS THAT WE ARE ALL WINNERS IN JESUS NAME AMEN!! THERE IS ENOUGH MONEY TO GO AROUND...THANK YOU GOD!!!!

On 3/02/2013 09:41, Player said

I am claiming it, it's mine. God is good all the time. Thank You!

On 3/02/2013 09:59, big ed said

I HAVE WON ON CASH 5 SOME $1 WINS IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS. I HAVE PLAYED IT EVERYDAY WITH AT LEAST 50% IN WINNING $1. SURE WOULD BE NICE JUST TO WIN $200-$300.

On 3/02/2013 10:00, Landon said

come on now!!!! please "Cash 5" make my wake up tomorrow morning a VERY happy morning with a win on this!!! i believe the most i have EVER won is about $80, and that was on a scratch off.. I've never won anything other than my money back, or a few bucks profit (less than $10), on any of the printed tickets! I know that almost everyone could really use this money right now, and I'm not wishing bad luck on anyone by any means, but WOW, WHAT A BLESSING IT WOULD BE TO ME IF I COULD WIN SUCH A GOOD CHUNK OF MONEY TONIGHT!!!! My church sure would see a huge amount of money in the offering plate tomorrow if I won! Just to make up for all that I've missed!!! I wish everyone reading this the best of luck, and God bless you all! :) and if you win, and you read this after you win, feel free to make another comment after mine letting me know that you won, and I'll be sure to give you my contact information, just in case you decide you want to share the wealth with me! :) lol

On 3/02/2013 10:01, Player said

I would love to be a part of lottery History, good luck everybody

On 3/02/2013 10:10, Player said

hope i win but at any rate me and my wife will be doing what is the most fun later tonite

On 3/02/2013 11:57, Player said

I have played for the past ten years and have yet to win. I guess it is all luck!!! Sure would be nice and have the chance to do some of the things that I have always hoped to do. Good Luck everyone and God bless

On 3/03/2013 12:37, KB said

I play for fun and just hope not just for me but hope i hit and get to split with other winners for this record cash 5 jackpot, now over $1m !!!

On 3/03/2013 01:27, MR.T67 said

If you think its a gimmick & that you're being pimped & pedaled there's a simple solution-QUIT PLAYING!!! YOU have a choice!!!

On 3/03/2013 02:17, leewilson said

I've never won anything like this and I would love for it to be my time. Good luck to everyone!

On 3/03/2013 03:42, Leon said

I have been playing the Cash 5 for a long time and this is my dream come true for the jackpot to get this high! On Sunday my life will change!!!

On 3/03/2013 04:26, Player said

I want it, I claim it, and I believe I will have it.

On 3/03/2013 04:39, Artist said

IT'S IN THE HANDS OF PROVIDENCE.

On 3/03/2013 07:33, CLTtopnotchguy said

((WHOO~HOO)) Looks like a record JACKPOT for tonights draw. How about a record win for a single CASH5 winner? I wonder as a player from SC, will I have to pay state tax for both states?

On 3/03/2013 07:53, Irven said

Its the luck of the draw. Can't win if you don't play. Can't lose if you don't play. The choice is yours.

On 3/03/2013 08:04, plumber said

It would be a wonderful dream come true!

On 3/03/2013 08:44, Sallymae3 said

That amount may not seem like a lot to some,but it would be life changing for me right now!!!!!!!

On 3/03/2013 09:06, Player said

I guess some folks are plum lucky. I play at least $300 a week on pick 3 ans cash five. My biggest prize so far is $2.00. I pray that the folks that are winning, really need the money. Blessings to all.

On 3/03/2013 09:13, PLAYER said

So whose ready for 2nite drawing? I've been chasing this one all week and not giving up

On 3/03/2013 09:20, Player said

I got this gonna play today

On 3/03/2013 09:32, PHC Player said

Please, oh, please. Please, please, please!!! Let me win! LOL! Good luck to all!

On 3/03/2013 12:29, Joseph said

If you're not winning, take a break and play when you have money to play with. I get frustrated as well but I know it's all about luck and chance. I've won $1,000 once and that motivates me to keep playing because maybe one day I will hit a much bigger prize. Good luck everyone!

On 3/03/2013 05:49, Player said

@Lucke-Zone I see where both You and the player are coming from. The lottery is meant to be a game of fun, yet we know that many of the people that play are playing in hopes of a financial gain that could lead them to a more comfortable life or just help with those more important things your talking about. So when you advertise numerous people winning big prizes everyday, whether it be through a banners on stores, or through pictures and names on a website, and people are working a job that doesn't pay them that well or a job that's frustrating, or have no job at all it's only natural people are going to say let me give it a shot or say "if I keep playing I have to eventually win." So even though yes the lottery is supposed to be fun, the people that play are also looking for financial gain, and that is something that is important to many players. Now with that being said I do believe people should still be aware of the risk and play responsibly.

On 3/03/2013 09:32, baddcatt326 said

Got my tickets,now waiting for the numbers.

On 3/04/2013 10:17, bkearney220 said

Anyone want to gamble(for fun)where the cash 5 million dollar "LUCKY"winners are located?

On 3/04/2013 12:01, Lucke-Zone said

@ BKEARNEY220 - Did you predict that last night's $1.1 million jackpot ticket would be won by a player who bought a ticket in Zebulon, North Carolina?

On 3/04/2013 12:04, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (LO) - We understand the point you're making. Our job is to remind people that winning a big prize playing the lottery takes a ton of luck, and isn't something that becomes more or less likely as time goes by. We only want folks to play with money they have set aside for entertainment, because there are many things much more important than playing the lottery. Thanks for taking time to leave your thoughtful comment.

On 3/04/2013 12:18, Lucke-Zone said

@ MIKE - We respect your right to your own personal views, but we also ask that you respect the rights of others to think and comment the way that they feel is right. We appreciate all our players, including you, and want to make sure that this is a community where everyone feels welcome.

On 3/04/2013 12:31, Lucke-Zone said

@ DEBINNC - The lottery would love to have a station in the Wilmington area that carries our drawings. Ultimately it is up to a station in your area to sign a contract with the lottery to do that. You can all stations in your area and tell them you'd like to see that! In the meantime, you can watch our drawings and keep up with news here on the lottery's websites :-)

On 3/04/2013 12:32, Lucke-Zone said

@ OHIO85 - The NCEL is required to withhold the 25% federal and 7% state taxes on all lottery wins of $5,000 and more. If the winner (like you) lives in another state that has income tax, the lottery winnings would have to be claimed on their state taxes as well.

On 3/04/2013 06:01, NEESEE said

AND IF I DONT GET ANYWHERE WITH REQUESTING A FEDERAL AUDIT THEN I WILL START POSTING ON EVERY SOCIAL MEDIA TO STOP PURCHASING THESE LOSING SCRATCHOFFS AND CASH 5 TICKETS ESPECIALLY IN HYDE CO U ALL MUST THINK WE DONT RESEARCH AN NEVER SEE OF ALL THE POOR COUNTIES WINNING JUST PURCHASING SO I WILL GET BACK WITH U ALL ON IT AND FOR OTHER STORE OWNERS DONT EVEN RUN THE LOTTERY OR PURCHASE THE PACKS OF SCRATCHOFFS FOR THEY HAVE SERIAL #'S AND THEY DO KNOW THEY ARE SENDING THE LOSING TICKETS 2 YOU.

On 3/04/2013 08:30, Player said

Man can't wait til all of Wake county wins the Cash 5 so somebody else can have a chance.Just sell tickets in Wake county and call it the same thing everybody else calls it Caroline Wake 5

On 3/04/2013 08:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ NEESEE - Players in Hyde County have the same chance to win a prize as anybody else, its just that there are only about 5,000 North Carolinians in all of Hyde County... there are more than 9,000,000 people living in North Carolina. The lottery's practices are already audited, our records are out in the open - you can make whatever public records request you would like to make.

On 3/04/2013 10:04, kathyo said

I feel there should be people outside the nc cash5lottery to verify every draw should be verified withem also. That nothing should be tampered with, all the balls are in the case, all balls weigh the same thing. How about some outside verification???

On 3/05/2013 09:02, Lucke-Zone said

@ KATHYO - What you are asking for already happens. All of the lottery's drawings are supervised by an auditor who does not work for the lottery. You can copy and paste this link to watch a short video about drawing security: http://youtu.be/bUgPi-QiBxc

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