A North Carolina man wins $837,000 in the lottery after his sister dreams of gold


A North Carolina man won more than $837,187 on a lottery ticket after his sister said she dreamed he found gold.

David Atwell, a resident of Kannapolis, about 27 miles northeast of Charlotte, purchased a $1 Cash 5 ticket at Jiffy Quik, making him a lucky winner on April 27, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a news release.

Starting with a $100,000 jackpot, Cash 5 players have the chance to win big from a jackpot that keeps growing until someone wins. To increase your chances of winning with the Cash 5, players can add a “Double Play” for $1, which will add your numbers to a second drawing for a chance to win additional prizes, the lottery said.

Atwell told lottery officials about his sister’s dream, which soon became a reality.

“In her dream I found a bunch of gold,” he said. “I think dreams come true.”

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Although this big win was unexpected, Atwell claims he has always had luck on his side.

“My family always said I was the luckiest in the family,” he said.

Atwell said that when he had all five white ball numbers, he had no idea he would soon hit the jackpot.

“I was stunned,” Atwell said. “At first I saw that the jackpot went back to $100,000, so I knew someone had won it. I had no idea it was me.”

When he realized he had the lucky ticket, Atwell couldn’t contain his excitement, his wife told lottery officials.

“He screamed so loudly that it scared the cat,” Cherie Atwell said.

Atwell claimed his prize on April 30 at the North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After taxes, he took home a lump sum of $598,591.

What does the lucky man plan to do with his winnings?

With his cash prize of nearly $600,000, Atwell plans to pay some bills and donate some of his winnings to his church, the lottery said.

What are the chances of winning Cash 5?

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 962,598.0, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

The overall odds are 1 in 10.5, the lottery said.

Where can you buy lottery tickets?

To purchase a ticket, you’ll need to go to your local grocery store, gas station, or convenience store — and in a handful of states you can purchase tickets online.

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