His Second Lottery Win Was an Accident

Mistaken purchase of extra ticket brings Michigan man another $1M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2020 5:25 PM CDT
Accidental Purchase of Second Lottery Ticket Pays Off
A Mega Millions lottery ticket sits on a shop counter in Cincinnati in 2018.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

In what most people would consider a lucrative mistake, a Detroit-area man who accidentally bought an extra lottery ticket has won two $1 million jackpots. Samir Mazahem, 56, of Dearborn Heights said he was saving numbers on a lottery app after buying a $2 ticket for the June 9 Mega Millions game. He then realized that he had purchased a second ticket with the same numbers, the AP reports. "I was a little bummed but didn’t think much about it," Mazahem said.

Until he recently logged onto the app and found he had two $1 million winners. "I couldn’t believe it was real," Mazahem said. "It took several days for the reality to set in that my mistake had paid off to the tune of $2 million!" He recently claimed his prize and plans to buy a new house and save the rest.

(Read more lottery winner stories.)

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