Michigan Man Wins $100,000 Prize On A Losing Lotto Ticket

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Imagine turning a losing lottery ticket into a six-figure payday.

Picture this: You walk into your favorite gas station or convenience store and buy a scratch-off lotto ticket with a cold drink and a snack. You play the game and lose. Bummer! But then you see there’s a second-chance component with the game, and you register your losing ticket via the lotto’s app. 

Then, one day in the future, you find out that your losing ticket was actually a lucky ticket thanks to the second chance drawing. 


Lady luck works in mysterious ways. 

That’s exactly what happened to a 43-year-old man in Wayne County, Michigan. 

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The player, who is opting to remain anonymous, won $100,000 being selected in a Michigan Lottery second chance drawing on April 27. According to the state’s lottery, his entries came from scanning his losing $6,000,000 Jackpot tickets into the second change drawing via the Michigan Lottery app. 

“I have been playing the $6,000,000 Jackpot game a lot, so when I learned there was a second chance component to the game, I figured I might as well give it a try,” the player tells the Michigan Lottery. “I got an email from the lottery one day informing me that I’d won a $100,000 prize in the second chance drawing and I thought it was a joke.”

“I called the Lottery to confirm that the email was a scam, which is when I found out I had really won,” he said. “I was shocked! Winning still doesn’t seem real and I don’t think it will sink in for a while.”

The $6,000,000 Jackpot game is a $50 scratch-off ticket in the Michigan Lottery. 

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He told the Michigan Lottery that he plans to save his winnings. 

Sometimes lotto players forget about second chance offerings, opting out.

This shows that sometimes, a second chance can make all the difference. And for this lucky Michigander, it certainly did.

B. Carlisle

Contributing editor at Wealth Gang. An entrepreneur at heart, he's passionate about meaningful ways to leverage technology and social media for business opportunities and side hustles.