MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. -- A local school bus driver and substitute teacher in the Gaston County School system won the Carolina Cash 5 lottery last week.
“It’s wonderful,” said Audrey Childers of Mount Holly in a statement. “I’m in a dream. I can’t believe it. I told my husband I was going to win. Now he believes me.”
Childers had one of two winning tickets that split a $566,968 Cash 5 jackpot in the Saturday, February 11 drawing. She bought the ticket along with Powerball tickets on February 10 when she stopped to buy gas at the Westview Grocery on Catawba Avenue in Mount Holly.
A week later, she stopped at the store again to buy gas and asked the retailer to check her tickets to see if she had won anything.
She said the clerk told her one of the winning tickets had been purchased at the store and Childers quickly discovered the ticket was hers.
Childers’ share of the jackpot was $283,484. After taxes were withheld, she received $192,770.
Childers says the money she won will help her buy a new home for her family.