Robert and Valerie Murphy of Goldsboro described themselves as "happy campers" after matching all five white balls in last night's Powerball drawing and winning a $1 million prize.
Robert, an electrician, was on his way home from work on Wednesday afternoon when he decided to play Powerball at the the Handy Mart on North Breazeale Avenue in Mount Olive. The couple learned of their big win on Thursday morning after checking their numbers on the lottery's website.
"We've been pinching each other all day," said Valerie, who works as an insurance agent. "We're paying everything off. The house, the car, the boat..everything. I'm so excited."
After state and federal taxes were withheld, the Murphys received a check for $692,500.
"This just isn't the sort of things that happen to average folks like us," Robert said as the couple collected their winnings. "Not only does it give us a lot of relief, but now we get to do some traveling as well. We're going to go somewhere we've never been before and stay for a while."
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