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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