Watauga County man celebrates $338,787 Cash 5 jackpot

Last Updated on February 6, 2023 3:05 pm

Michael Allen of Zionville tried his luck on a $1 Cash 5 ticket and won a $338,787 jackpot.

Allen purchased his lucky ticket from the Kangaroo Express on State Farm Road in Boone. He matched all five white balls in Saturday’s drawing to win the jackpot.

Allen arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $241,386.

Cash 5 is one of six lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets through a retail location or Online Play, either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night.

The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598. Monday’s jackpot is $110,000.

Ticket sales from draw games such as Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how $2.3 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Watauga County last year, visit and click on the “Impact” section.

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