Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A Maryland man said a store customer's rejected lottery ticket turned out to be his gain when he bought it and won $30,000.
The 62-year-old Westminster man told Maryland Lottery officials he was shopping at the D&B Liquors store in Walkersville when another customer decided not to buy a $3 Prize Lines scratch-off ticket that the clerk had mistakenly gotten for her instead of the ticket she requested.
The man said the mistake turned out to be profitable for him when he decided to buy the rejected scratch-off and discovered it was a $30,000 winner.
"I simply said, 'Oh my God, thank you God!'" the man said. "I couldn't believe what just happened. This is truly a blessing!"
The man said he plans to invest the winnings into his small business.
"I am truly blessed right now," he said. "I really needed this so much and I'm just happy someone is looking over me and protecting me."