DEPUTIES: Jones County Cashier Pocketed $30,000 Lottery Ticket

A cashier at a Jones County convenience store is accused of pocketing a winning Powerball ticket worth $30,000.

Abrahim Qatabi is charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. The man is a cashier at Abe's Corner Store #1 in Maysville.

Last week in a news release the North Carolina Education Lottery listed Qatabi as the winner of $30,000. It said the winning ticket was purchased at the Maysville store.

Deputies say they began their investigation when a call was made to the Lottery Commission by the victim in the case. Authorities say the cashier is accused of taking the winning ticket from a local customer. Lottery officials say Qatabi was then listed as the winner of the $30,000 prize.

The Lottery Commission says they have suspended payment on the check to Qatabi and will wait for the court proceedings to conclude before resolving the question of the winning ticket.

Qatabi is being held on a $25,000 bond.

The Lottery Commission says it has suspended lottery sales at the store. The store's lottery terminal has been disabled and lottery tickets removed.


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  • by deadfish Location: NC on Aug 29, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    Big Red: Unless I'm mistaken each store should have winning numbers posted. I have seen them before. The NC Power Ball slip has a TOLL FREE telephone number in the back to check the winning numbers. Secondly the state lottery also has a web site. Finally if you have one of the satellite providers which they give you access to the winning numbers as well. I don't know about the cable companies. voiceofreason: The legal authorities are on top of the situation therefore your insinuating and borderline racially laced insensitive comments are totally unwarranted, PERIOD. BTW professionalism is correct; proffesionalism is not. Pirate Lady you always get them right!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Aug 28, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    The victim's wife said on the news last night that the cashier told him that he'd won $600 off of the ticket...that should have been his first red flag. Anything over $599 can't be awarded in the store.
  • by Big Red Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    Here's a novel idea. Chock up some change. Go down to the local store and pick up a copy of the Reflector or whatever daily paper there is in your town, and look up the numbers yourself. It takes a small amount of effort, but will cut down on incidents like this!
  • by voiceofreason Location: eastnc on Aug 27, 2010 at 08:53 PM
    Officer1, um to say that this person would get prosecuted more than murder is insane....but a person that would cheat another person that trusts you out of thirty thousand dollars is worse than a drug dealer. Drug dealers deal to drug users and they get what they expect. This guy needs to be shipped back to where he came from. Some cops act like the only crime out there is drugs and they ignore more intrusive crimes against people....citizens....it looks like this sheriff department jumped on it and ran with it and nailed a real bad guy. It would be nice to see such proffessionalism in more departments these days.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Aug 27, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    That is just wrong. You can check your numbers on WITN or the Powerball web site. I definitely wouldn't hand it to a cashier.
  • by unknown on Aug 27, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    The stores are suppose to have a copy up of the winning numbers, so you should check them before you give them the ticket to look up.
  • by Big E. on Aug 27, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    Sounds like the educational lottery is really working great.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Aug 27, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    Well, he's got enough for bail...oh wait....
  • by blake on Aug 27, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    Maybe the muslim, Abrahim Qatabi, was going to give the Money for the new Ground Zero Victoey Mosque
  • by Mom Location: NC on Aug 27, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    I wouldn't have stolen it but my tears would have been all over it.
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