Illinois Man Bags $390,000 Lottery Prize in Michigan Gas Station Error

An Illinois man won a $390,000 lottery prize due to a mix-up at a Michigan gas station. Explore the story of unexpected luck and a fortunate mistake in this surprising win.

Nov 27, 2023 - 12:06
Nov 27, 2023 - 12:06
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Illinois Man Bags $390,000 Lottery Prize in Michigan Gas Station Error
Illinois Man Bags $390,000 Lottery Prize in Michigan Gas Station Error

Michael Sopejstal, a 60-year-old resident of Illinois, unexpectedly won $390,000 following a mishap at a gas station in New Buffalo, Michigan.

Sopejstal intended to purchase a lottery ticket for 10 attempts, but due to an error by the gas station attendant, he received a ticket with 10 lines for a single draw. Despite the mistake, Sopejstal chose to retain the ticket. His routine includes purchasing these lottery tickets during his visits to Michigan.

By successfully matching the numbers 11, 15, 17, 24, and 48, Sopejstal secured an annual prize of $25,000. There exists a grander reward if one matches an additional Lucky Ball, providing $1,000 every day for life.

Michael Sopejstal lottery

Reflecting on his unexpected windfall, Sopejstal expressed, "I started thinking about all the things I could do with the money and whether I wanted it all at once or a little bit every year. It was an amazing feeling!"

Ultimately, he opted to receive his winnings as a lump sum of $390,000. Sopejstal intends to allocate the funds towards travel and savings.

Lucky For Life tickets are priced at $2 each, with daily drawings taking place at 10:38 p.m. Curiously, another individual in Ohio also secured the same prize on Thanksgiving.

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