NC husband wins lottery prize after forgetting his birthday


A Wake County husband has won big in the Millionaire Maker game, officials said.

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A North Carolina man forgot his wedding anniversary – then the lottery gave him a belated gift.

Ricardo Cabral now plans to show his wife the big check which he received after winning $100,000 in a scratch game, officials said.

“For the first time, we both forgot our birthday,” Cabral told the NC Education Lottery with a laugh. “Now I can give her this.”

Cabral celebrates his windfall after shopping at a grocery store in Morrisville, west of Raleigh. While at the Harris Teeter on Davis Drive, officials said he spent $30 on a ticket to the Millionaire Maker game.

“When I watched it and saw that I won, I just said, ‘It’s a great birthday,'” Cabral said in a Feb. 28 press release.

Cabral, a 69-year-old Air Force veteran, kept $71,019 after taxes. Although he plans to pay his bills and save some of the prize money, officials said he was also looking forward to surprising his wife with the big check he received days after their 47th birthday.

“She has been with me through thick and thin,” Cabral said in the statement. “She will be extremely happy when I tell her.”

This isn’t the first time a lottery win in North Carolina has coincided with a special occasion.

Earlier this month, officials said a man hit the jackpot a week before his birthday.

And in December, another lucky lottery player considered spoiling his family after winning a pre-Christmas jackpot, McClatchy News reported.


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If you or someone close to you is showing signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the National Gambling Hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or by visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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