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Wilmington man stops for gummy worms, wins Cash 5 jackpot

Christopher Hancock (Source: NC Education Lottery) Christopher Hancock (Source: NC Education Lottery)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A Wilmington plumber stopped at a convenience store for sour gummy worms and walked away with a Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $185,743.

Christopher Hancock bought the winning ticket at the Speedway on Gordon Road.

“I went to pay for my bag of sour gummy worms,” Hancock said. “I had $10 in my pocket, saw the jackpot amount, and thought, ‘Why not get some Cash 5 tickets?’

“I got to work early, so I sat in my truck and checked the tickets. I looked at my phone and then at my ticket and then at my phone about three more times. You know how your brain gets, so I just kept thinking I wasn’t looking at it right. But then I realized, ‘Oh my God. This is for real.’”

Hancock took home $130,951 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

His ticket beat 1-in-749,398 odds to win the jackpot.

“We’re going to use some of the money to get a new family car,” Hancock said. “My wife currently has a 2002 Mazda that’s just falling apart.”

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