A local man’s $1 investment in a lottery ticket has led to him winning a nearly $500,000 jackpot.
Francisco Ponce-Estrada of Mount Airy beat odds of 1 in 749,398 to win Monday’s Cash 5 drawing.
Ponce-Estrada claimed his $496,189 prize Thursday at N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
He bought the winning $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Need It Got It store on N.C. 268 in the Dobson area.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, the Mount Airy man took home $344,857, according to lottery officials.
The Carolina Cash 5 lottery that Ponce-Estrada won is a game with jackpots starting at $50,000 which grow each day until someone wins by matching all five numbers drawn.
Players have the option of selecting the five numbers from 1 to 41 or can allow a computer to randomly choose the numbers through the Quick Pick method.
Ponce-Estrada was unavailable for comment, due to his request that no contact information be publicly released.
But Debbie Pomeroy of the Need It Got It store said Friday that word of the winning ticket being sold there has created much excitement.
“It’s boosted sales for sure,” Pomeroy said of the event, which she added was a “shock” for both store personnel and customers.
The winning ticket bought by Ponce-Estrada is believed to represent the largest payout of any ever bought at the Need It Got It store, which has been around for “years,” Pomeroy said.
Francisco Ponce-Estrada is the third person in Surry County to win big in the state lottery since February 2016, which is defined by lottery officials as a prize of $100,000 or more, program spokesperson Kathleen Jacob explained Friday.
The Lottery announced on Feb. 1 of last year that Tommy Foster of Dobson had won $750,000 playing a Jumbo Bucks lottery game.
This resulted from Foster’s purchase of a $10 instant scratch-off ticket at Brintle’s Travel Plaza on Plaza Lane near the intersection of Interstate 77 and N.C. 89 west of Mount Airy.
In May of last year, Laurel Wittke of Elkin won $150,000 playing the Casino Riches game.
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