The odds of matching all five white balls in a Mega Millions ticket? About 1 in 12.6 million. The odds of hitting a deer or any other animal with a car? About 1 in 116. The odds of hitting two deer on the same day as also winning millions in the lottery? That’s a bit too hard to calculate.
Somehow though, a man from North Carolina did it all. It was both the luckiest and unluckiest day of his entire life.
An Accidentally Great Day
Anthony Dowe from Leland, North Carolina, got into an accident on his way to work in a car he had purchased not too long ago. Dowe hit two deer with his new car.
He had been so irritated by his ruined day he abandoned the idea of going to work and went back home after. He went back to bed and went to sleep.
When he woke up, it was like a whole new day had started.
He had grabbed his lottery tickets to see how he did as soon as he woke up.
“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. I’m like, `Wow!’ It was just crazy,” Dowe said, according to AP News.
Dowe Wins Over $1 Million
Dowe had matched all of the five white balls, but not the final gold Mega Ball, on his Mega Millions ticket.
This meant that when he took the ticket to the store to cash it in he got a $1 million prize. Then when the Megaplier ticket was drawn it was doubled. After claiming his final prize at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh, the grand total was $1.4 million after taxes were taken out.
Suddenly, the day that started with a terrible accident had led to a $2 million cash prize. It was life-changing.
Although many advisors say not to share the news of winning the lottery, Dowe couldn’t keep the news to himself. He shared the news immediately with his mom and dad, which is to be expected. He also shared his story with the news.
What’s his first move with the money? Well, it has to at least start with fixing his very damaged car from the unlucky part of his day.
“It just feels great. 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,” Dowe said, according to AP News.
It seems like the odds can be both for you and against you at the same time. In a sense, it’s pretty reassuring.