I doubled my lottery jackpot to $220,000 by mistake – and it was all down to my poor memory | The Sun

A PENSIONER has put his huge lottery win down to his bad memory.

The 67-year-old man, from Michigan, scooped the jackpot twice on one draw after accidentally buying two tickets.

When popping into a petrol station before the draw, he couldn't remember whether he'd picked up an entry.

So "to be safe", the lucky man jotted down his numbers again – not remembering he'd bought a ticket just five hours earlier.

He said: "I have been playing Fantasy 5 for a long time and I always play the same sets of numbers.

"I was at the gas station, and I couldn’t remember if I’d purchased a ticket for the Fantasy 5 drawing that night.

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"So I decided to purchase one to be safe."

To his amazement, his digits came up – meaning he bagged a $110,000 (£89,000) jackpot twice.

He told Michigan Lottery: "After the drawing, I was on the Michigan Lottery website checking the numbers.

"When I saw the two locations where winning tickets were sold, I knew I had to be the big winner.

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"I checked my tickets and confirmed I had won, but I thought I’d won $55,000 on each.

"When I called the Lottery and they confirmed both tickets were $110,000 winners, a feeling of relief came over me."

He won with the numbers six, 11, 12, 16 and 29, which were on both his tickets.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, ended up with a whopping $220,000 (£178,000) in his pocket, having splashed out just $10 (£8).

It comes after a generous boss who scooped a lottery jackpot split it with his employee who checked his numbers for him.

Michael Winfield from Maryland, US, said he decided to buy a ticket when he saw the jackpot "really climb".

The 48-year-old construction firm owner said he asked one of his workers to check his ticket at the shop as he was busy.

And he told her: "I'll spit the winnings with you."

She took the tickets to be scanned and was stunned when she realised he had won $50,000 (£40k).

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