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Man Wins $2 Million After Buying 'Wrong Scratchcard'

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Man Wins $2 Million After Buying 'Wrong Scratchcard'

A man has scooped a $2 million (£1.58m) jackpot after a mix-up with his scratchcard.

The 57-year-old, who was not named by Michigan Lottery, was shopping at a BP petrol station at 19440 East 10 Mile Road in Eastpointe, Detroit, when he decided to try his luck with a $10 Lucky 7's scratch-off ticket.

But the clerk instead picked up a $20 scratchy by mistake, and it turned out to be a stroke of luck for the man who went on to win big.

In a statement released by the Lottery on Tuesday (14 July), the mystery winner said: "The clerk handed me the $20 ticket by mistake. He offered to exchange it for me but something told me to keep it. I am sure glad I did!"

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The gas station where the mystery winner won $2m after a scratchcard mix-up. Credit: Google Street View
The gas station where the mystery winner won $2m after a scratchcard mix-up. Credit: Google Street View

According to the Lottery, the man opted for a lump sum of $1.3m (£1.03m) rather than the $2m over the course of many years.

But this isn't the first time someone has enjoyed a bit of luck on the lotto recently.

Earlier this month, a Sydney woman on a day trip in New South Wales won $50m (£27.7m) on her first ever scratchcard.

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"You won't believe this," she told lottery officials when they informed her she had won, "This is the first lottery ticket I've ever bought in my life.

"I've never played Oz Lotto before. I walked past the newsagency and thought it would be a bit of fun to enter, so I did.

"I can't believe it. I'm shaking. I'm shocked, so shocked."

A woman in Sydney won $50m on her first ever scratchcard. Credit: The Lotto
A woman in Sydney won $50m on her first ever scratchcard. Credit: The Lotto
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The unnamed woman had even completely forgotten about the ticket she bought on a whim until a mate reminded her to check it.

"My friend called me just before and said to me 'I think the newsagency you bought your Oz Lotto ticket from sold the $50 million winning entry'," she said. "My heart is beating so hard, I'm pacing around. I feel like I could have a heart attack."

When asked what she planned to do with that massive chunk of money, she said she had no clue.

"Honestly, I cannot think straight. I'll definitely keep working, but oh my goodness, I just don't know."

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Powerball also revealed that one person had won its incredible $80 million (£44.4m) jackpot, becoming the Australia's third biggest lottery winner.

Featured Image Credit: Google Street View

Dominic Smithers
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