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Number error leads Michigan man to $100,000 lottery jackpot

By Ben Hooper
Number error leads Michigan man to $100,000 lottery jackpot
A Michigan man said he won a $100,000 jackpot thanks to making a mistake when choosing his numbers for the Fantasy 5 drawing. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery

May 31 (UPI) -- A man who made an error while choosing his Michigan Lottery numbers said it was the "best mistake" he ever made after winning $100,000.

The Tuscola County man told Michigan Lottery officials he was buying a Fantasy 5 ticket from Worth's Party Shore in Millington when he made a mistake while putting in his usual numbers.

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"I usually play 04-14-28-30-31, but I accidentally picked 29 instead of 28," the man said. "Rather than starting over with a new slip, I just decided to go ahead and play those numbers and I'm so glad I did."

The error led to the player's ticket matching all five numbers in Thursday's drawing, 04-14-29-30-31, earning the $100,000 jackpot.

"Winning the jackpot was all because of a simple mistake, but it's definitely the best mistake I've ever made," the winner said. "I can't tell you how it feels to win the jackpot. It's a once in a lifetime kind of thing."

The man said he plans to use his winnings to pay his mortgage.

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