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North Carolina woman used family birthdays to win $120,000 jackpot

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Melinda Boyce, of Denver, changed her strategy when playing Cash 5, and that decision paid off with a $120,000 jackpot win, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.

“I used to do Quick Picks, but I’ve been using family birthday numbers since January after seeing that someone else won doing that,” she said.

Boyce said she first learned she won when she got a notification in her email.

“I started to freak out,” she said. “I kept saying, ‘My numbers came up. My numbers came up.’”

Boyce bought her winning $1 ticket using Online Play in the May 22 drawing. The odds of matching numbers on all five white balls are 1 in 962,598.

She claimed her prize at lottery headquarters Wednesday in Raleigh.

After required federal and state tax withholdings, she took home $85,800.

“This is just insane,” she said.

Boyce plans to use her winnings to pay some bills and save the rest.

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 Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The NC Lottery airs at 11:22 p.m. every night.

You can also find the lottery results online on the FOX8 website

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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