(LibertySociety.com) – One lucky Illinois man was certainly thankful after a gas station worker accidentally printed the wrong type of lottery ticket than what he originally requested. Michael Sopejstal, 60, told the worker that he wanted 10 separate tickets for the Lucky for Life lottery, but the worker instead printed “10 lines for one draw.”
Sopejstal accepted the ticket anyway and learned on September 17 that one of his draws matched the five winning numbers. He was given the option to be paid $25,000 per year for the rest of his life or a lump sum payment of $390,000. Sopejstal chose the lump sum option. He recounted the feeling he got when learning that he had won, stating, “I immediately began thinking about all the things I could do with the money.” Sopejstal will use his winnings to travel but said that he would save the rest.
Another lottery player won the same prize as Sopejstal at a Tobacco Plus in Westerville, Ohio, over Thanksgiving weekend. The ticket was an auto-pick ticket, just like Sopejstal’s, with the first five numbers matching the winning numbers. If he and the Ohio player had matched the extra Lucky Ball number, they would have won $1000 every day for the rest of their lives. According to WKYC, the chance of winning the Lucky for Life lottery is one in 1,813,028. The tickets are two dollars and winning numbers are drawn daily.
Another lottery player won $4 million on November 14 playing the popular Mega Millions lottery. The ticket was sold in Swanton, Ohio, with the winner matching all winning numbers except the jackpot Mega Ball. As of November 28, the jackpot stands at $335 million. Drawings for the Mega Millions lottery are held every Tuesday and Friday. Several people have won $1 million playing the Powerball lottery this year. Its jackpot currently stands at $374 million, with drawings held every Wednesday and Saturday.
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