A Michigan man thought he made a costly mistake by accidentally buying two identical $ 2 lottery tickets, but it turned out that he hit the $ 1 million jackpot twice.
Samir Mazahem, 56, said he was saving online lottery numbers for the June 9 Mega Millions game when he realized he had accidentally purchased two of the same tickets.
“I went online and bought a ticket using numbers that are family birthdays. I forgot to save the numbers as favorites in the app, so I came back and set them as favorites so I could easily play them in the future, ”Mazahem said.
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“What I didn’t realize was that it meant I would buy a second ticket with the same numbers. Once I figured out that I had bought two tickets with identical numbers, I was a little disappointed but didn’t think much about it. ”
Any regret he had about the wasted $ 2 instantly vanished when he recently logged in and realized he had won on both bills.
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“I recently logged into the app to verify some tickets I had purchased, and that’s when I saw that I had two million dollar prizes pending,” Mazahem said. “To say I was stunned is an understatement. I couldn’t believe it was real. It took several days for reality to set in as my mistake had paid off to the tune of $ 2 million! ”
The Dearborn Heights man said he plans to buy a house with his earnings and then retire the rest.
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The coronavirus pandemic has had a mixed effect on state lotteries.
Some states, like Texas and Montana, have seen an increase in lottery sales since March as citizens spend more money than usual on scratching them. Other states, such as Virginia and Oregon, have seen their revenues plummet due to lockdowns closing bars and retail stores in which tickets are sold.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.