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Wake County man has “phenomenal” Thanksgiving after winning $1.8 million jackpot

November 28, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:49 PM

Matthew Huber of Raleigh is “very grateful” and “very thankful” after winning a $1,860,203 jackpot in a Thanksgiving Day drawing.

“I thought I was still recovering from stuffing myself at Thanksgiving dinner,” said Huber. “I had to check twice. We don’t really play a lot, but we saw the Cash 5 jackpot going higher.”

What Huber saw was the Cash 5 jackpot growing to become the third largest jackpot in the history of the game.

He purchased his lucky $1 Quick Pick ticket for Thursday’s drawing using Online Play on the lottery’s website before heading to his family’s Thanksgiving dinner.

On Friday morning, Huber woke up to a lottery email alerting him of his win.

“It was mind blowing,” recalled Huber. “I thought, ‘oh my gosh!’ and then I called my wife over to look. It is something you never expect to see, but hope to see. It’s phenomenal, the best Thanksgiving”

Huber arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $1,320,934.

He hopes to save and invest his winnings to help others in the future.

Cash 5 is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets at a retail location or Online Play, either through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Cash 5 tickets are $1 and drawings are held every night. Monday’s jackpot is $164,000.


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11/29/2022 08:05 - Sarah L.

CONGRATULATIONS!! Wishing that I could share in your holiday blessings...??????

11/29/2022 07:36 - Ronald S.

Congratulations! Maybe one day I will get that kind of email from the NC lottery !

11/29/2022 07:20 - Nancy P.

congrats. I keep hoping my day comes.

11/28/2022 10:48 - Bevlin D.


11/28/2022 07:58 - Roger K.

Lucky, Lucky, lucky! Is all I can say! Congratulations on your big win! Spend it wisely!

11/28/2022 07:56 - Katherine P.


11/28/2022 06:46 - Richard M.

How do the taxes work for this?NC Lottery
Hi, Richard! We withhold the minimum required amount of taxes - 4.99% NC tax for prizes of $600 or more, and 24% Federal tax for prizes of $5,000 or more. An individual's tax obligation may be more than the minimum withheld, however.

11/28/2022 06:22 - Mark D.

What a convenient Thanksgiving Day win. What a surprise to WAKE up to! Enjoy your “luck,” Huber!

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