By: Madeleine Porter
Talk about a double dose of luck; winning once just wasn’t enough for Richard Moreau of Hillsborough, North Carolina. He won a Cash 5 jackpot for the second time, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Moreau’s first dose of luck came in May 2017 when he won a Cash 5 jackpot of $70,539. His second happened on Friday, January 3, 2020, when he won a bigger bounty of $233,415 Cash 5 jackpot.
He told the North Carolina Education Lottery committee that he always uses his own numbers when gambling on Cash 5 tickets.
On Friday, Moreau said his wife was the first one to notice he had matched all five numbers in the drawing.
“She woke me up around 1:30 a.m. yelling, ‘Get up! You won. You won,'” Moreau said to UPI News. “I told her she was looking at them wrong and to go back to sleep. When she said she wasn’t, I checked the ticket. I had to look at it three different times before it sunk in”.
Moreau claimed his final prize of $165,141, after required state and federal tax withholdings, from the lottery headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday. He said he plans to use some of the money to pay bills and pay off debt.
When asked about his second stroke of luck, Moreau told UPI News, “I take whatever luck I can get. There’s so much bad that happens out there, that you’ve got to take the good when it comes. Winning a second time feels amazing. It’s a good start to the New Year.”