“My heart about to beat out of my chest”: Chowan County man wins big lotto prize

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina man says he’s “just tickled to death right now” after winning big during a recent lottery drawing.

“My heart about to beat out of my chest,” laughed Dean Heffernan after winning the $130,000 Cash 5 jackpot with a $1 ticket purchase Thursday night.

Heffernan said he checked his numbers Friday morning and was thrilled to find he matched all five.  “I’ve always dreamed about winning,” Heffernan said. “This is a dream come true.”  He bought his winning Quick Pick ticket at Speedway on Virginia Road in Edenton. After taxes, Heffernan took home $92,951.

He plans to use the money to set up a trust fund for his son.