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'Is this for real?': Hurricane Matthew victim wins $2M Powerball prize

Posted January 31, 2018 9:17 a.m. EST

Powerball ticket sold in Robeson County wins $2 million

A Lumberton man whose home was damaged by Hurricane Matthew thought he was dreaming when he won a $2 million Powerball prize.

Part of his winnings will go toward fixing the damaged house.

“The flooding damaged the floors and insulation,” Anthony Felder said in a statement. “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.”

Felder, a former truck driver, stopped on Saturday at Atkinson's Cigarette Land in Lumberton to use the restroom. The store was the first one he could find, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

"While I was there I figured I’d get a Powerball ticket," Felder said. So, he put down $3 on a Power Play ticket, stuffed it in his book bag and didn't think about it again until Tuesday morning.

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

He took the ticket out of his bag, checked the numbers and found he matched all five white balls.

“I couldn't believe it,” Felder said. “I thought, ‘Wow! Is this for real? Am I dreaming?’"

Felder took home $1.4 million after state and federal taxes. In addition to home repairs, he said he plans to buy a new, black Ford F-150 pickup.