Michael Sopejstal, 60 and living in Illinois, US, said he would use the money to travel and save.
A seller’s mistake lottery at a gas station WE ended up being one man’s stroke of luck: he won a price $25,000 per year for life.
The new winner is Michael Sopejstal, a 60-year-old from Illinois who, in recent weeks, has seen how an accidental decision has completely changed his life.
The story of the man who won a lottery prize after a seller’s mistake
Every month, Sopejstal decides to travel from Illinois to Michigan to go to his “favorite restaurant” and have a good time. “I always buy a Lucky for Life ticket for 10 or 20 drawings while I’m here.” explained the man, according to the Michigan Lottery .
On September 17, he decided to try his luck at the game as he had done so many other times, for which he requested the ticket at the GoLo gas station in the town of New Buffalo. However, instead of giving him the ticket for multiple designs, the seller accidentally printed one with multiple lines for a single design.
Even though this was not what he had asked for, Sopejstal still asked the official to give him the ticket. Little did I know that thanks to this small but significant detail, I could acquire a million dollar prize.
“One morning I checked my ticket and saw that I had won $25,000 a year for life. I immediately started thinking about everything I could do with this money and whether I wanted to take the lump sum or annuity option. “It was an incredible feeling!” he said.
According to the Michigan Lottery, the numbers that led him to win were 11, 15, 17, 24 and 28.
The 60-year-old recently traveled to collect his prize. He ultimately chose to request the one-time payment of $390,000, instead of the annual payment of $25,000 for life. Part of this amount will be used to travel and part to save.
What is Lucky for Life?
Simply put, Lucky for Life is a lottery game that allows players to receive prizes ranging from three dollars to cash for life. Drawings take place every evening, 7 days a week, and are currently available in 22 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
The game involves choosing five numbers from a group of balls numbered 1 to 48, in addition to choosing a lucky ball from 1 to 18.
Whoever matches these numbers will win the maximum prize of $1,000 per day for the rest of their life. The second prize is $25,000 per year and is awarded in the event that a person matches all five numbers, but not the Lucky Ball.
Lucky for Life frequently publishes the odds of winning each game. On September 17, the day of Sopejstal’s victory, the odds of him matching all five numbers were 1 in 1.8 million.