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Man wins $2M after mistakenly buying extra lottery ticket

Some mistakes are costly, but not this one

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DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — 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.

“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.

Some mistakes are costly, but not this one

Man’s mistake while buying lottery ticket earns him $2 million

Oct. 23 (UPI) — A Michigan man said he made a mistake while buying his lottery ticket that turned a $1 million jackpot into a $2 million payday.

Samir Mazahem, 56, of Dearborn Heights, told Michigan Lottery officials he accidentally bought two identical tickets for the June 9 Mega Millions drawing using the lottery’s website.

“I went online and bought a ticket using numbers that are family birthdays,” Mazahem said. “I forgot to save the numbers as favorites in the app, so I went back in and set them up as favorites so I could easily play them in the future.”

He said repeating the process had an unforeseen side effect.

“What I didn’t realize, is that meant I would be buying a second ticket with the same numbers. Once I figured out I had bought two tickets with identical numbers, I was a little bummed but didn’t think much about it,” he said.

The mistake proved fortunate, however, when he matched the five white balls drawn, 01-05-09-10-23, earning each ticket a $1 million prize.

“I recently logged into the app to check on some tickets I had bought, and that is when I saw I had two $1 million prizes pending. Saying that I was stunned is an understatement. I couldn’t believe it was real. It took several days for the reality to set in that my mistake had paid off to the tune of $2 million,” he said.

The winner said he plans to buy a new home with his winnings and put the rest into savings.

“Winning is exciting and gives me some comfort knowing that when I retire, I will have money in the bank,” Mazahem said.

A Michigan man said he made a mistake while buying his lottery ticket that turned a $1 million jackpot into a $2 million payday. ]]>