Sunday, July 5, 2015

(Raleigh, NC - July 5, 2015) - Someone who bought a Carolina Cash 5 ticket at a Bolivia convenience store in Brunswick County started the Fourth of July holiday by winning a $227,196 jackpot.

The winning Cash 5 ticket was sold at a lucky gas pump at the Middle River C Store on Old Ocean Highway. It matched all five numbers in Thursday’s drawing, beating odds of 1 in 575,757.The winning numbers were 2-16-19-36-38. The winner has 180 days to claim the jackpot at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

The win is the largest so far by lottery players using a new way in North Carolina to buy tickets for three lottery games, Cash 5, Powerball and Mega Millions. The new service, called Play At The Pump, allows players to purchase their tickets at the gas pump. It is designed as a convenience for someone who wants to buy a lottery ticket but doesn’t have time to go into the store.

The lottery began offering the service in January using a program provided by Linq3, an Atlanta-based company that has developed technology that allows lottery tickets to be sold through gas pumps. The service is available at lottery retailers who choose to offer it to their customers and works in a similar way to buying a car wash at the gas pump.

Currently, Play At The Pump is an option at 111 locations across the state, including all Murphy Express stores. To learn more about the service and find locations where it is available, go to Players can use a debit card to purchase 5, 10, or 20 Quick Picks when playing Cash 5 or Mega Millions. If playing Powerball, players can choose 3, 5 or 10 Quick Picks. All plays are for the next available draw. Purchases are limited to no more than $70 a week.

Ticket sales made it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion for the state last year. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the“Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.