“For the first time ever, we both forgot our anniversary,” Cabral laughed. “Now I can give her this.”
He said he wants to surprise her by showing her the $100,000 “Big Check” that he received from NC Lottery headquarters on Friday.
Cabral, a 69-year-old retired master sergeant, served 24 years in the US Air Force and left as a disabled veteran. He said Feb. 19 was his 47th wedding anniversary.
“She’s been with me through thick and thin,” Cabral said. “She will be extremely happy when I tell her.”
He bought his Millionaire Maker ticket from the Harris Teeter on Davis Drive in Morrisville.
“When I looked at it, and I saw I won, I just said, ‘It’s a great anniversary,’” Cabral said.
Cabral claimed his prize Friday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,019. He said he wanted to pay off some bills and put the rest in the bank.