One for me, one for you: North Carolina couple splits $997,400 Cash 5 jackpot

Published 7:39 am Sunday, August 29, 2021

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Constance Cannon and her husband, Luthor, were shocked to learn their Cash 5 tickets won them a $997,400 jackpot, according to a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“It’s crazy,” said Luthor.

“It was just amazing to see those numbers,” agreed Constance.

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Luthor purchased two tickets, using his own numbers on each one, for last Sunday’s Cash 5 drawing from the Yemen Food Mart on Starling Way in Rocky Mount and gifted one of the tickets to his wife.

The next day, while out grocery shopping, he stopped back at the store to check his ticket.

“It said, ‘Go to lottery headquarters,’ he told me,” recalled Constance. “When he got home, he showed me the ticket and pulled up the winning numbers on his phone. And when I looked at them, I just started crying.”

The couple split the jackpot, and each won $498,700. After required federal and state tax withholdings, Luthor and his wife each took home $352,830.

“It’s just amazing that we won this amount of money,” said Constance. “We can pay off our house and pay off our cars and be able to do something for our family.”

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.

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



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