RALEIGH – Willie Leach of High Point is the first player to win the top prize in the lottery’s new game $250,000 Cash Money.
Leach won one of six $250,000 prizes in the game, which started on Tuesday.
As of Friday morning, five top prizes remain to be claimed.
After state and federal taxes were withheld, Leach received $173,001. He purchased the lucky $5 ticket at The Store on Oakview Road in High Point.
As of September 2013, the lottery has raised more than $3 billion to support education programs.
Lottery dollars support teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction and repair projects, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, need-based college scholarships and financial aid and digital learning initiatives.
To see how more than $153.6 million in lottery dollars have made a difference in Guilford County, go to the Where the Money Goes at www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx.