Eastern North Carolina woman wins more than three-quarters of a million dollars with $1 Cash 5 ticket

Published 3:53 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The North Carolina Education Lottery has reported a big win by a Craven County woman.

Jessica Murphy, of New Bern, tried her luck on a $1 Cash 5 ticket and won a $757,577 prize on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

She bought her lucky ticket from Piggly Wiggly on Tatum Drive in New Bern. It matched all five balls in the Cash 5 drawing for a $1.5 million jackpot. She split the prize with another jackpot-winning ticket from Apex. The odds of matching numbers on all five balls playing Cash 5 are 1 in 962,598.

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Murphy arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect her prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $541,668.

For details on how funds raised by the lottery made an impact on education programs across the state last year, go to nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.

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