RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - Ernest Dodson of Greensboro plans to use his $276,688 Cash 5 jackpot winnings to pay off all his debts — and get a new big-screen television.
“I’m tickled to death that I can be debt-free,” Dodson said. “I’m going to pay off my car and my house. I’m also going to get a bigger TV so I can watch my favorite wrestling matches.”
The 70-year-old army veteran’s good luck happened last Thursday when he stopped at Sons of Nie on Summit Avenue in Greensboro. He used his own numbers and bought a Cash 5 ticket for that night’s drawing. He checked the numbers the next morning.
“I about fell over,” Dodson said. “I saw that I got one, two, and then all of the numbers. I couldn’t believe it.”
Dodson claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $195,757.