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Man wins nearly $200,000 with lottery ticket he forgot he bought

Oct 13, 2021, 12:16 pm

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A North Carolina mechanic won almost $200,000 on a lottery ticket he forgot he purchased.

Gregory Warren of Franklinville, North Carolina, stopped for gas after work and decided to try his luck on a Cash 5 ticket that ended up winning him half of a $391,870 jackpot.

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

Warren, a mechanic, bought his Quick Pick ticket for the Sept. 29 drawing from the BP on U.S. 64 East in Asheboro. He didn't look at that ticket again until the following week when he remembered he needed to check his numbers.

"I forgot about it," he said Tuesday as he collected his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. "I'm still kind of shocked. I didn't get a whole lot of sleep last night. Too much excitement!"

Warren's ticket was one of two that split the $391,870 jackpot. After required federal and state tax withholdings were deducted from his $195,935 prize, he took home $138,624.

He says the money may afford him the opportunity to change careers.

"I think I'm going into business for myself mowing yards," said Warren. "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 second half of the jackpot was claimed by Danielle Godette of New Bern.

Cash 5 tickets are $1 with drawings held every night. The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.

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Thanks to BobP for the tip.

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Raven62's avatar - binary
New Jersey
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June 28, 2005
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Party Congrats to the Winner! Party

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    Northern Beaches
    Member #187034
    January 9, 2018
    162 Posts

    This is why I prefer subscriptions, you can't forget or loose your tickets. Subscription services are also more convenient and efficient. I'm looking forward to an exciting phone call. Hopefully, one day, my ship will come in!

    Good luck, to all out there!

      Gallatin Tennesee
      United States
      Member #194096
      November 29, 2018
      103 Posts

      Congratulations to Mr. Warren! He mentioned that he did not get a lot of sleep. The prospect of instant cash can turn most of us into insomniacs. The fact that he is investing in his own business is smart and farsighted. Hopefully he will be able to turn $138,624 into several million.


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        White Shores- California
        United States
        Member #136471
        December 12, 2012
        6758 Posts

        * If Gregory was my mechanic, l would rather he forget about his lottery ticket than forgetting to tighten the bolts on my transmission.

        PartyEnjoy Gregory!

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        * People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

          sully16's avatar - sharan
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          October 28, 2009
          92358 Posts

          Congrats to the lucky guy.Hyper Good luck with the new family business.Coffee

          Happy Thanksgiving ! Turkey

            rdgrnr's avatar - nw barkeep.jpg
            Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler
            The Hall Of The Mountain Kings
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            Member #73902
            April 28, 2009
            15065 Posts

            That money will come in handy right now the way inflation is roaring back and gas prices and grocery prices and housing prices are skyrocketing.

            We're still in the very early stages of what's going to be an unbelievably horrible 4 years.

            And Mr. Hard Times is knockin' on the door already.







            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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              United States
              Member #191892
              August 27, 2018
              850 Posts

               How do you forget you bought a lottery ticket?

              All number sets are contenders until the drawing occurs.

                Miami Florida
                United States
                Member #191036
                July 13, 2018
                479 Posts

                 How do you forget you bought a lottery ticket?

                It happens. I've bought winning Lottery tickets and forgot about them. One was only a $5 winner(Found it long after the 180 days were up) and the other was a free play ticket that I found like one week before the 180 days were up. The free play ticket ended up giving me a ticket that lost anyways. Go figure. ;)

                "What's your ADDRESS?" May be the CREEPIEST question EVER asked to a Lottery Winner! O.O WTF?


                At first, I found the one digit away draws kind of amusing, but now I am PISSED! 15 or 16 times I was off by just one digit in recent times!🤬 No longer find this amusing, it's making me REALLY angry now!🤬