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

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.

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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.

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Man talked into buying scratchcard by shopworker ends up scooping £200k jackpot
The winner revealed he rarely bought scratchcards, but decided to try his luck

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“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.

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

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

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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.

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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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