Beaufort County man wins half of $536,264 jackpot, second unclaimed ticket sold in Kill Devil Hills

Published 10:08 am Thursday, February 18, 2021

A winning streak for Lee Tankard of Bath began the night the Tar Heels beat Duke in basketball and ended the next when he won half of a $536,264 Cash 5 jackpot, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I went to buy the ticket earlier than I usually do because Carolina was playing at 6,” Tankard recalled. “I wanted to get home and watch that.”

He picked his own numbers when he went to the Bath General Store & Market on East Carteret Street in Bath to buy his ticket for the Feb. 7 drawing.

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“It was just pure luck,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was pretty much in shock! . . . Still am.”

Tankard claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $189,704.

“I’m very happy and pleased that I finally hit a jackpot!” he said. “I’ve got a family I want to take care of. That’s why I play. Not for me but for the ones I love.”

Tankard said he’s never been to Disney World, “so I might try to go down there.”

No one has claimed the second half of the Feb. 7 jackpot. The lucky ticket was sold at the Publix on North Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills.

Carolina Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Thursday’s jackpot is $100,000.

The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.

For details on how money raised by the lottery made an impact in 2020, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.

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