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After $200K Powerball win, McDowell couple plans to buy their dream house

David Morgan, a machine operator, said he had to stop what he was doing to digest the news. “I asked my wife if she was sure, and she was like, ‘I swear, I checked the ticket seven times.’ (Photo credit: NC Education Lottery)

David and Destiny Morgan of Marion said they plan to get their dream home after winning big at Powerball.

“We’ve been looking for a while,” David Morgan said. “We rent now, but this will help us have a good down payment for our own house.”

The couple beat odds of one in 913,129 to win the prize in Wednesday’s drawing. Their ticket was one of six in North Carolina that won $200,000.

Morgan’s wife, Destiny, didn’t check the ticket until the next morning while she was watching "Good Morning America."

“I looked at the ticket and couldn’t believe it,” Destiny said. She immediately called her husband at work.

Morgan, a machine operator, said he had to stop what he was doing to digest the news. “I asked my wife if she was sure, and she was like, ‘I swear, I checked the ticket seven times.’ It was so incredible I had to stop so I could slow down and think.”

They claimed the prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholdings, the couple received $139,002.

Morgan bought the $3 Power Play at the M & M Market on North Main Street in Marion. The ticket matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000.

Because he added the Power Play feature, the prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn.


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