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Originally published: 2014-06-03 16:11:40
Last modified: 2014-06-03 16:30:55

Boone man wins $581,760 lottery prize

by Staff Reports

Stephen Clopton of Boone is the latest player to claim a big prize playing Carolina Cash 5, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. His Quick Pick ticket matched all five numbers in the Jan. 13 drawing, winning the $581,760 jackpot. 

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Clopton received a check for $402,578. He purchased the lucky ticket, which beat odds of 1 in 575,757, at the Wilco on N.C. 105 in Boone.

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.3 billion for the state. Net proceeds are used for prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, teachers' salaries in grades K-3, school construction, digital learning initiatives, need-based college scholarships and financial aid.

For details on how more than $9.2 million in lottery funds have been used in Watauga County, click on the "Where the Money Goes" tab on the lottery's website.