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Hurricane Matthew victim wins $2 million: 'Is this for real? Am I dreaming?’


LUMBERTON, N.C. (WPDE) — Anthony Felder of Lumberton recently won $2 million and he's got big plans for that money already, according to a release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

He said he plans to use his big prize to repair the damage Hurricane Matthew caused to his home.

“The flooding damaged the floors and insulation,” Felder said, according to the release. “We’ll finish those repairs and fix up some other parts of the house. We’ll finally be able to do those little things we’ve dreamed of.”

The former truck driver’s good luck started Saturday when he stopped at Atkinson's Cigarette Land on West 5th Street in Lumberton.

“I was on my way home from the barber and needed to use the restroom,” Felder said, according to the release. “I stopped at the first store I could find. While I was there I figured I’d get a Powerball ticket.”

He put the ticket in his book bag and didn’t think about it again until early Tuesday morning.

“I heard that someone from Lumberton had a winning Powerball ticket,” Felder said in the release. “I just had a feeling it was mine.”

He looked at the ticket and said “I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘Wow! Is this for real? Am I dreaming?’”

He claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $1,410,020. In addition to home repairs, Felder plans to get a new black F-150 truck, according to the release.

The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday night. The jackpot has reached $127 million, worth $78.4 million cash.

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