A SIMPLE equation known to virtually everyone won a man a lottery jackpot, with a salary worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Now he has shared his secret formula for success.
Jonathan Ruby of Raleigh, North Carolina is a self-proclaimed math buff, who just won a state jackpot of $192,941 on May 11.
The 64-year-old bartender bought a $1 Cash 5 lottery ticket bearing the winning numbers 3, 14, 15, 31 and 41.
According to North Carolina Lotteryhe did this by basing his choices on the mathematical constant Pi. It is the number which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately equal to 3.14159.
He told them “I’ve always been a really great mathematician”, adding “I kept seeing that number, so my karma told me to use it.” Ruby went on to say “I even lived at a 314 address when I was a kid.”
The North Carolinian won one of three winning tickets in the raffle, with a total prize money worth $578,823.
No word on how the other two winners chose their numbers.
According IPU, after state and federal tax withholdings, Ruby won $137,012. The bartender told the outlet he would use the winnings to pay the bills and use the rest to save for retirement.
A post on the lottery site quipped, “Congratulations on getting one of the three tickets. Better to have a piece of the pi than none of the pi.”
Cash 5 tickets are $1 and raffles are held nightly across the country.
According to officials, this is one of four lottery games in North Carolina.
It says players have the option of purchasing their tickets through a point of sale or playing online, either through the lottery’s website or with the official NC Lottery mobile app.
The North Carolina Lottery states that the odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 962,598.
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