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Harnett County Army veteran is ‘feeling very lucky’ after $485,270 Cash 5 win

July 20, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:27 PM

Retired Army Master Sgt. Mustafa Abraham of Cameron has been playing the lottery for years, and on July 13, his loyalty paid off with a $485,270 Cash 5 jackpot win.

“I’ve won before, but nothing like this,” said Abraham. “I just feel very lucky.”

Abraham has bought his lottery tickets from the same store, the Linden Oaks Liberty on N.C. 24/87 in Cameron, for years, and that day was no different. “Everyone at the store knows me,” he said.

“I’ve been playing the same Cash 5 numbers since 2006. But I didn’t win on that, I won on a Quick Pick.”

Abraham checked his tickets online the next day. His winning $1 ticket was the last one he checked.

“When I saw the four numbers, I turned that ticket over and I checked the computer to see if there was a winner,” recalled Abraham. “Then I got up and left. When I came back to the computer, I just flipped the ticket over and that’s when I realized that I won. As soon as I saw the last number, I got on my knees and I thanked God.”

Abraham, who retired after serving 20 years and now works with soldiers at Fort Bragg, claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings he took home $343,329.

“I’m going to share with my family, help my son with his college, fix my house up, and be very, very, thankful,” said Abraham. “And I will continue playing the North Carolina lottery for the rest of my life.”

Cash 5 is a statewide draw game that gives players the chance to win a jackpot every single night. Tickets cost $1 and players can buy tickets at most lottery retailers, through Online Play on the lottery’s website, or on the NC Lottery Official Mobile app.

Monday’s Cash 5 jackpot is $402,000.


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7/23/2020 01:52 - Denver G.

Congrats on your win and thank you for your service. I have a grandson in the Army and a great nephew in the Navy.

7/22/2020 05:19 - donnie g.

Congratulations! That's awesome

7/21/2020 06:07 - elizabeth j.


7/21/2020 08:23 - Regina T.

To God be the glory, great things He hath done. So happy for YOU!

7/21/2020 07:16 - Mark Z.

Congrats brother.

7/20/2020 10:23 - Vernon W.

From one fellow veteran to another congrats my brother enjoy! Yeah Army Strong ??

7/20/2020 09:09 - Kathy H.

Congrats to you and your family. I'm so happy you win. and thanks for all your servings, GOD BLESS .

7/20/2020 08:35 - stan m.

You sound like a very humble person !! enjoy your winnings !!

7/20/2020 07:53 - Anita A.

Congrats! Thank you for your service!

7/20/2020 07:27 - coriante s.

Congrats to him but this is what I be talking about with this cash 5 and the Eazy match it’s always one number off from 500 that is to keep you playing. And these cash five jackpot winners is always in rural areas in North Carolina never in major cities and it was a machine pick now what are the odd of that aka machine generated smh NC Lottery
Hi Coriante, The overall odds of winning a prize with EZ Match are 1 in 4.71, but just like other lottery games, it takes a lot of luck to win a bigger prize. Whether you Quick Pick or choose your own numbers, your odds are exactly the same. The odds of winning a prize are based off of the number of possible combinations, which will stay the same whether you choose special numbers or go for a Quick Pick.

7/20/2020 05:37 - Jennifer W.

Congratulations Abraham ???? God is good ??

7/20/2020 05:20 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you.Thank you for all your services. I wish you many more happy wins.

7/20/2020 05:15 - Billy R.

I am happy for you you’re the second person in Cameron to win the cash 5 Congratulations

7/20/2020 04:02 - Henry B.

Congrats fellow veteran happy 4 you and your family retired Msg Brooks

7/20/2020 03:22 - Douglas H.

Way to go Master Sergeant. From our Marine Corps Family to your Army family OOOORRRAAAHH We know the feeling ;-) Enjoy

7/20/2020 03:04 - Inga J.

Congrats Sir and thank you for serving our country! God bless!

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