$1M lot­tery win­ner wants new toi­lets

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Stay Connected - BY JOE MARUSAK [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

A man who won a $1 mil­lion NC lot­tery prize with his brother and brother-in-law plans to buy two toi­lets be­fore any­thing else.

So de­clared James Michael of Davie County to state lot­tery of­fi­cials when he, his brother, Den­nis Michael, and brother-in­law Wil­liam Ward claimed their Carolina Cash 5 jack­pot at lot­tery head­quar­ters in Raleigh on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to an NC Ed­u­ca­tion Lot­tery news re­lease Fri­day.

“We’ve got hard wa­ter,” James Michael told lot­tery of­fi­cials, ex­plain­ing why the toi­lets will be the first items he buys.

Af­ter tax with­hold­ings, the in-laws took home $ 747,116, lot­tery of­fi­cials wrote in the re­lease.

Af­ter notic­ing the Dec. 21 jack­pot draw­ing sur­passed $1 mil­lion, the Mocksville trio con­trib­uted $10 apiece for 30 Quick Pick tick­ets, ac­cord­ing to the lot­tery re­lease.

“We al­ways play Cash 5 once it gets to around $400,000,” James Michael, a re­tired in­surance agent, told lot­tery of­fi­cials, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Their win­ning ticket matched all five num­bers, beat­ing odds of one in 962,598, lot­tery of­fi­cials said.

Af­ter check­ing his tick­ets us­ing the lot­tery app the next morn­ing, “I was in shock,” James Michael told lot­tery of­fi­cials. “We usu­ally only win $1 or $5, so I wasn’t ex­pect­ing much.”

James Michael im­me­di­ately phoned his brother, who was sleep­ing, of­fi­cials wrote in the re­lease.

“It was 5 in the morn­ing,” Den­nis Michael told lot­tery of­fi­cials. “My first reaction was, ‘Why are you ly­ing to me?’”

Den­nis Michael, who flips houses, plans to in­vest his lot­tery earn­ing in his busi­ness, ac­cord­ing to the lot­tery. Be­sides new toi­lets, his brother will spend some of his earn­ings on other house re­pairs.

Ward is a re­tired high school foot­ball coach who will save the money for retirement, lot­tery of­fi­cials said.

Cash 5 play­ers have a chance to win a jack­pot ev­ery night with a $1 ticket, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

In Au­gust 2018, a cou­ple who lost their home to Hur­ri­cane Irma in the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands said they were go­ing to be able to re­build their lives af­ter win­ning a $325,000 prize on a $1 Cash 5 ticket, The Char­lotte Ob­server re­ported at the time.

In May 2017, a Char­lotte woman claimed a $590,477 Cash 5 jack­pot, the Ob­server re­ported.

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