Gregory Warren, a mechanic in Franklinville, picked up a Cash 5 lottery ticket for the September 29 photo filling the gas one day after work.
He did not look for a ticket until Monday, October 4. That’s when Warren realized he had won half of the $ 391,870 jackpot.
“I forgot about it,” Warren said Tuesday as he collected his prize at the North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh. “I’m still shocked. I didn’t get enough sleep last night. So much fun!”
After being denied tax by the state, he walked away with a cool $ 138,624.
“I think I’m going into business I’m cutting yards,” Warren said. “I have a 14-year-old son and I want to start a business so he can have something to do when he finishes high school.”
The other half of the jackpot went to a woman in New Bern.
Are Warren’s chances of winning the Cash 5 jackpot? Lottery officials said it was 1 in 962,598.