Two Raleigh men cash in on big lottery prizes

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Monday, December 5, 2016

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Wake County has had a nice run of lottery luck in the past week or so.

Last week, a Raleigh man who walked around with a winning Powerball ticket for nearly a week before he checked it won $100,000. Now, two more Raleigh men have cashed in on big prizes.

Donnell Rochelle, also playing Powerball, won $1 million.

Leo Yranian won the $261,797 Cash 5 jackpot.

Both men won in Saturday night's drawing.

"It feels good," Rochelle said as he collected his winnings. "It feels very good to win."

He bought his million-dollar ticket at the Hasty Mart on South Main Street in Wake Forest. He beat odds of 1 in 11.7 million to match all five white balls drawn. After required state and federal withholdings, Rochelle received a check for $692,500.

Yranian bought his lucky ticket at the Garner Family Fare on U.S. 70 West. His ticket was the only one to beat odds of 749,398 to win the jackpot. The after-tax value of his prize was $181,300.

Powerball players' next chance to win is Wednesday night. The jackpot annuity is $67 million, worth $40.4 million cash. Monday's Cash 5 jackpot is $110,000.

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