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Gas Station Worker’s Mistake Allows Man to Win $25,000 a Year for Life in Michigan Lottery


Michael Sopejstal, who lives in Illinois, said he drives through Indiana to Michigan every few weeks to eat at his favorite restaurant. He also makes sure to buy a Lucky for Life ticket for every 10 or 20 draws, according to the Michigan Lottery.

On September 17, a GoLo gas station retailer made a mistake by accidentally printing a ticket with 10 lines for a single drawing, Sopejstal told the Lottery. Sopejstal told the retailer he still wants it.

“I checked my ticket one morning and saw that I had won $25,000 a year for life,” he told lottery officials. “I immediately started thinking about everything I could do with this money and whether I wanted to choose the capital or annuity option. It was an incredible feeling!”

The 60-year-old recently visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize, according to the Lottery. He chose the one-time lump sum payment of $390,000, instead of $25,000 a year for 20 years or for life, whichever is greater, according to the lottery.

Sopejstal told the Lottery that he plans to use his prize money to travel and save the rest.

Lucky for Life is played in about two dozen states as well as Washington, DC. Prizes range from $3 to a top prize of $1,000 per day for life.

The overall odds of winning for each game are published on the game’s website. Sopejstal’s odds of winning five white balls on September 17 were 1 in more than 1.8 million.

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