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Missouri man wins $50,000 lottery prize, thanks to clerk's mix-up

Bryan Burton of Joplin, Mo., won a $50,000 lottery prize after the clerk at a local store handed him a different ticket than the one he had requested. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Bryan Burton of Joplin, Mo., won a $50,000 lottery prize after the clerk at a local store handed him a different ticket than the one he had requested. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

May 5 (UPI) -- A Missouri man who won a $50,000 lottery jackpot said he owes his good fortune to a store clerk who handed him the wrong scratch-off ticket.

Bryan Burton, of Joplin, told Missouri Lottery officials he was at Casey's General Store in Joplin when he asked the clerk for a $100,000 Cash scratch-off ticket, but was handed a Millionaire Money ticket instead.

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"I asked for game 313, and she gave me game 294 instead," he said.

Burton said he decided to buy the ticket, anyway, and his decision paid off with a $50,000 prize.

The winner said he was so excited to reveal the prize that he immediately called his wife to share the news.

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