Newport News woman wins Cash 5 drawing three times for $300,000

Posted at 9:43 AM, Aug 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-29 09:43:57-04

Newport News, Va. – Claudia Arce of Newport News wasn’t expecting to win the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. Instead, she won it three times!

Arce and her husband had three tickets, each with the same five numbers, in the August 21 Cash 5 night drawing. When those five numbers were drawn, all three tickets won the game’s $100,000 top prize, for a total of $300,000.

When she saw the winning numbers in the newspaper, she told her husband, “If the newspaper is correct, we hit the jackpot.”

She bought all three winning tickets at Beacondale Red Barn Food Store, 11309 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. Those winning numbers were 2-3-10-12-18. She selected the numbers on her tickets using family birthdays.

Ms. Arce, who works in physical therapy, said the winnings will help with her daughter’s education.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.