Man hits 2 deer with new car, then he hits $2m in lottery

Leland, North Carolina: An unlucky start to a North Carolina man’s day turned upside down when he discovered he won a $2 million lottery prize hours after hitting two deer with his new car.

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Anthony Dowe, of Leland, had an accident on his way to work, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a statement Tuesday. It ruined his day, so he went back home, got into bed and went to sleep.

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“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.”

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His winning Mega Millions ticket matched all five white balls. The odds? 1 out of 12.6 million.

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Dowe took his ticket to a store and won $1 million. That prize doubled when the 2x Megaplier ticket was drawn.

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

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On Monday, he claimed his prize at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home about $1.4 million after taxes.

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“It just feels great,” he said. “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.”

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The rest, he said, will go into savings.

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