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Guilford County man’s ‘heart dropped’ when he realized $150,000 win

January 15, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:31 AM

Aweis Mohamed of Greensboro thought he had won $1,000 on a scratch-off ticket but, much to his surprise, it was worth a whole lot more.

“My heart just dropped!” recalled Mohamed when he realized his big win.

After a long day at work, Mohamed, who works as a manufacturing technician, stopped at the Penny Saver on Lees Chapel Road in Greensboro to try his luck on a few Extreme Cashword tickets.

“I got 3 tickets and 2 didn’t win,” he recalled. “But I scanned the one I won and it said take it to the lottery headquarters. And when I took it, I thought I won $1,000 and the lady said I won $150,000 and that I had to come to Raleigh!”

Mohamed claimed he prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $110,864.

“I had to see it to believe it,” he said. “I told myself to stay positive and stay humble and if it’s your time, it’s your time.”

Mohamed said he plans to use the prize money to pay off the mortgage on his house.


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1/19/2021 04:34 - joanie m.

being able to pay off mortgage early is a blessing Congratulations Mohammed

1/18/2021 07:52 - Natalie R.

Congratulations!! ??

1/18/2021 09:31 - shirley b.

I know you say 1 in 1000 of a trip coming out. But, for the last 15 years a trip has been coming out every 2 or 3 months thfor 15 years but one hasn't been out in over 8 months. Please get new machines because something is wrong.

1/18/2021 02:09 - Tim M.

Sunday night's latest tease: 887. LOL.

1/17/2021 02:25 - Gregory B.


1/16/2021 09:47 - Andrea C.


1/16/2021 08:14 - shirley b.

Why hasn't there been a trip in NC in 8 months? NC Lottery
Hi Shirley, its just a matter of luck whether or not a Pick 3 drawing will result in a "trip" being drawn. Every exact number combination has the same odds of 1 in 1,000.

1/16/2021 06:39 - Kimberly F.


1/16/2021 01:43 - Susan L.

Congrats, on your win!

1/16/2021 01:19 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins.

1/15/2021 09:52 - Katherine P.


1/15/2021 08:33 - Zelda L.


1/15/2021 01:37 - joyce r.

Congratulations. I am looking for that same kind of win - unexpectedly wonderful. Birthday coming up in February.

1/15/2021 12:08 - Willie B.

what is the USE

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