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North Carolina man wins the lottery with a ticket he forgot he even bought

CNN logo CNN 10/10/2021 By Alaa Elassar, CNN
Gregory Warren won nearly $200,000 on the lottery. © From NC Education Lottery Gregory Warren won nearly $200,000 on the lottery.

A North Carolina man won nearly $200,000 on a lottery ticket he forgot he bought -- and is now planning to use the money to switch careers.

Gregory Warren, a mechanic in Franklinville, picked up a Cash 5 lottery ticket for the September 29 drawing while filling gas one day after work.

"I don't buy lottery tickets very often," Warren told lottery officials. "It just so happens I picked a good day to buy one!"

He didn't check the ticket until Monday, October 4. That's when Warren realized he won half of a $391,870 jackpot.

"I forgot about it," Warren said on Tuesday while collecting his prize at North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh. "I'm still kind of shocked. I didn't get a whole lot of sleep last night. Too much excitement!"

After federal and state tax withholdings, he walked away with a cool $138,624.

"I think I'm going into business for myself mowing yards," Warren said. "I've got a 14-year-old son and I wanna get a business started so that he'll have something to do when he graduates from high school."

The other half of the jackpot went to a woman in New Bern.

The odds of Warren winning a Cash 5 jackpot? Lottery officials said it's 1 in 962,598.


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