A restroom stop pays off big for this Hurricane Matthew victim

When Anthony Felder heard someone from Lumberton had recently won a large Powerball prize, he had a feeling it was his ticket.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Felder told the NC Education Lottery after he checked. The numbers on his ticket matched all five white balls that were drawn: 17-21-26-47-54.

“I thought, ‘Wow! Is this for real? Am I dreaming?’”

Felder, a former truck driver, won a $2 million Powerball prize in Saturday’s drawing.

After state and federal tax withholdings, Felder took home $1.4 million—enough to repair flood damage Hurricane Matthew left to his home. And to get a new Ford F-150 truck.

He claimed his prize on Tuesday at the NC Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

“The flooding damaged the floors and insulation,” Felder told the NC Education Lottery. “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 bought the ticket Jan. 23 at Atkinson’s Cigarette Land on West 5th Street.

Felder stopped to use the restroom. While he was there he decided to buy a $3 Powerball ticket.

He won $1 million when all five white balls matched the numbers on his ticket, beating the odds of one in 11.7 million. His prize doubled with the Power Play feature when the 2X multiplier was drawn.

Camila Molina: 919-829-4538, @Cmolina__