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‘Fortunate mistake’ results in man profitable massive lottery prize

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (WFLA) — An Illinois man visiting Michigan to eat at his favourite restaurant left the state a lottery winner after a “fortunate mistake,” in response to the Michigan Lottery.

Michael Sopejstal, 60, received massive after he purchased a “Fortunate for Life” lottery ticket at a GoLo gasoline station in New Buffalo.

“I come to Michigan each few weeks to eat at my favourite restaurant, and I all the time get a Fortunate for Life ticket for 10 or 20 attracts whereas I’m right here,” mentioned Sopejstal. “I requested the retailer for a ticket for 10 attracts, however he unintentionally printed a ticket with 10 traces for one draw. However I informed him I nonetheless wished it.”

The error led to Sopejstal profitable the sport’s second prime prize — $25,000 for all times. His ticket matched the 5 white balls drawn on Sept. 17: 11, 15, 17, 24 and 48.

“I checked my ticket one morning and noticed that I had received $25,000 a yr for all times,” he mentioned. “I instantly began occupied with all of the issues I might do with the cash and whether or not I wished to take the lump sum or annuity choice. It was an incredible feeling!”

Sopejstal lately visited lottery headquarters to say his prize and selected to obtain his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum cost of $390,000.

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