Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

Man talked into buying scratchcard by shopworker ends up scooping £213k jackpot

A man won more than £200k on a scratchcard a shopworker talked him into buying.

The unidentified winner, 52, from Michigan in the US, scooped the $300,000 (£213k) jackpot after buying the scratch-off lottery ticket at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers.

But he would never have won if a shop employee hadn't convinced him to try his luck.

"I stopped to pick up a few things and went by the Lottery counter while I was there," the man said. "As I was standing there, the clerk suggested I play the Mystery Prize Cashword game."

And he added that he took some convincing before he finally decided to give it a go.

"I told her I don't play often, and I wasn't too sure about that type of ticket," the winner said.

"She told me they were pretty simple to play and had been lucky lately, so I decided to buy two. The first one turned out to be a $300,000 winner."

He revealed he plans to use the shock windfall to pay off his mortgage and help out his family.

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But it is not the first time someone in the US has won big under bizarre circumstances in recent days.

Last week, a woman from North Carolina who bought a lottery ticket for the wrong draw accidentally won a whopping $2million (£1.4m).

Elizabeth Johnson, from Lucama, missed out on entering the May 19 Powerball draw for the state's Education Lottery by a minute, but, luckily for her, the numbers she chose came up for the following draw.

She didn't even realise she'd entered the wrong draw until she received a message to say she had become a multimillionaire.

"It was definitely a shock," Johnson said.

"When I got the message saying that I had won I thought, 'Well, I didn't even play tonight'."

She soon discovered she had scooped $1m (£709,000) jackpot and a further $1m by correctly picking 2X multiplier ball.

Elizabeth said she plans to spend the money on a new house and a family holiday.

"The kids want to go to Disneyland," she said.

"We've never been and now we'll get to."

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