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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 stops to make change, wins $2 million lottery jackpot

(Courtesy Michigan Lottery)

LANSING, MI — There’s a saying about a “happy wife makes a happy life.” For a Macomb County man his wife and his life just got much more happier after he won a $2 million jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky 7′s instant game.

“I stopped to put air in my wife’s truck tire and I needed some change for the machine,” said the 57-year-old player who chose to remain anonymous. “I went in to get change and asked for a $10 Lucky 7′s ticket. The clerk handed me the $20 ticket by mistake.

“He offered to exchange it for me, but something told me to keep it. I am sure glad I did!”

The lucky winner bought his ticket at the BP gas station, located at 19440 East 10 Mile Road in Eastpointe. After claiming the prize at Michigan Lottery headquarters in Lansing recently, the man says he plans on using the money to buy a new home and save the remainder.

He elected to receive his prize as a one-time lump-sum payment of $1.3 million rather than annuity for the full amount.

The last player from Michigan to win a Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot was Cristy Davis of Waterford who won $70 million playing Powerball in February. With her winnings, Davis said she planned to buy a new house and car.

And while she was a lucky winner, it’s smart for players to check their tickets immediately as a winner worth $1 million sold in Hartland last year went unclaimed. The ticket was purchased at the Speedway in Hartland, but the winner never came forward to claim the prize. The money instead went to the state’s School Aid Fund.

If you’d like to be the next player from Michigan to win a huge lottery prize, take a look at these tips from lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery” has won more than $1 million in Florida by winning top jackpot prizes in smaller games.

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Man stops to make change, wins $2 million lottery jackpot (Courtesy Michigan Lottery) LANSING, MI — There’s a saying about a “happy wife makes a happy life.” For a Macomb County man his wife