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'This is going to change my life': Durham man wins $5 million

Posted May 24, 2018 8:47 a.m. EDT

Bobby Matthews Jr. said he plans to start a new career after he won a $5 million lottery prize. Credit: NC Education Lottery

— Bobby Matthews Jr. said he plans to start a new career after he won a $5 million lottery prize on Tuesday.

“This is going to completely change my life,” said Matthews, who works at a staffing agency. “I’m going to start investing in real estate.”

His good fortune happened Monday night when he stopped by the Fast Food Mart on Roxboro Road in Durham and bought a $5,000,000 Mega Cash ticket. He scratched the ticket when he got home.

“My life literally just changed," said Matthews. "We were so excited we couldn’t sleep. We were up all night celebrating.”

Matthews claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking a $5 million annuity of 20 payments of $250,000, or a lump sum worth $3 million. He chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $2,115,036.