RALEIGH, NC – Peter Miller of Southport was buying gas at the Murphy Express on North Howe Street when he decided to buy three Quick Pick tickets for the Dec. 21 Cash 5 drawing.
The next morning, he looked up the results on his computer and discovered he had one of two tickets to split the $435,216 jackpot.
After required state and federal withholdings, he got a check for $151,240. He says that the money he won playing Carolina Cash 5 will be shared with his five grandchildren and used to enjoy his retirement.
The New Jersey native served in the Navy for 20 years, and then went on to work for Lockheed Martin for 25 years. He and his wife have been living in Southport since he retired in 2010.
“I’m going to keep playing,” Miller said as he claimed his prize money at lottery headquarters on Thursday. “I don’t think the lottery has a memory. Every day is a new day.”
The other half of the jackpot was won a Norman Rogers of Weaverville, who collected his winnings on Dec. 28.
Ticket sales make it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars each year for education.