RALEIGH, N.C. — April 1 is usually reserved for pranks, but a Greensboro man’s big prize was no joke.
On April 1, Edward Estes bought a Cash 5 Quick Pick ticket through Online Play on the lottery’s website.
“My first reaction was I thought it was an April Fool’s joke,” he said.
Estes was one of two people to match all five balls in the drawing — the other was Rhodora Reeves, of Elizabeth City.
On Wednesday, he claimed his portion of the $455,084 jackpot at the lottery headquarters and took home $160,986 after taxes.
“I’m probably just going to put it in the bank and let it stay there,” said Estes of his winnings.
Where can I get the latest lottery numbers?
Watch lottery drawings on FOX8! Mega Millions airs at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball airs at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. The NC Lottery airs at 11:22 p.m. every night.