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Bad luck turns to good luck with Brunswick County man’s $2 million prize

January 26, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:53 PM
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After an unlucky start to his day, Anthony Dowe of Leland discovered his Mega Millions ticket made him a millionaire.

The morning after the drawing, Dowe was on his way to work when he got in an unfortunate accident.

“I hit two deer with my brand-new car,” he recalled. “So, I just got mad, went back home, got into bed and went to sleep. Then I woke up and checked my tickets. I checked the fourth ticket and I saw the “4” and then the next number and the next number and the next number,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Wow!’ It was just crazy.”

Dowe, who works in shipping and receiving, bought his winning $3 Quick Pick ticket at the Minuteman Food Mart on Mercantile Drive in Leland.

His Megaplier ticket matched the numbers on all five white balls to beat odds of 1 in 12.6 million and win him a $1,000,000 prize. The prize was doubled to $2,000,000 when the 2X Megaplier was drawn.

“I went and showed my dad and my mom and everybody was happy,” said Dowe.

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $1,415,001 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

“It just feels great,” said Dowe of his big win. “I’m just gonna fix things on my mother and father’s house and get my car fixed, pay it off, and pay my niece’s car off.” The rest, he says, will go into savings.

The jackpot for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing stands at $20 million as an annuity prize or $14.7 million cash. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

Players can buy $2 Mega Millions tickets through Online Play on the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com, with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App, or at any lottery retail location.


12 COMMENTS

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1/28/2021 03:46 - joanie m.

Congratulations Anothony you Turned a bad day into a Great day What A Blessing

1/28/2021 09:33 - NC Lottery

Hi Jim B., some great questions! The response is too long to post as a reply so I am making a new comment. Fast Play jackpots update every few minutes and are printed on each ticket at the time of purchase. Unclaimed prizes go half to education and half to offer additional prizes to players through Lucke-Rewards and other promotions. Hope that clears some things up!

1/27/2021 09:49 - JIM B.

Let me pose a question. Say I am standing in front of a grocery store lottery kiosk (which is THE only way I will buy these Fast Play games,no prying eyes). I have 20.00 invested. I look at the Jackpot on the Fast play progressive games and let's say it says 500,000. I then buy a 5.00 777,s ticket. I reach down to get my ticket and fold it under (don't want to know right now), and I go to play some more and I notice the Jackpot is now 250,000. Probability is I might have the winning ticket that I didn't look at in my pocket? How fast do you adjust the new progressive amount? One more if I may, if I lose this ticket in the washing machine does the 250,000 get added back in 180 days to the Fast play amount as of day 181 or that same nonsense that you use it to fund other games or nonsense like give it to education? Just curious. Thanks!

1/27/2021 09:06 - Christopher H.

Nice, I'll be following in your footsteps soon on a win

1/27/2021 01:43 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more wonderful wins. It is so nice to see how you are sharing with your family.

1/26/2021 11:11 - Offundem N.

Nice

1/26/2021 10:44 - Shari H.

Congratulations

1/26/2021 10:02 - vanessa b.

Congrats

1/26/2021 07:39 - Zelda L.

congratulations on your win

1/26/2021 07:05 - Martha Lucía S.

Congratulations!!congratulations. God always manifests himself in different ways and just at the right time.

1/26/2021 06:20 - Ricky S.

I love to think someone went to sleep after hitting two deers with a brand new car. Congratulations.!!

1/26/2021 01:15 - Tatania S.

Congratulations!!!!

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