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Clerk convinces Michigan man to buy $300,000 winning lottery ticket

A St. Joseph County, Mich., man told Michigan Lottery officials that a clerk had to talk him into buying the Mystery Prize Cashword scratch-off ticket that earned him a $300,000 jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery
A St. Joseph County, Mich., man told Michigan Lottery officials that a clerk had to talk him into buying the Mystery Prize Cashword scratch-off ticket that earned him a $300,000 jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery

June 1 (UPI) -- A Michigan man said a store clerk had to talk him into buying the scratch-off lottery ticket that earned him a $300,000 jackpot.

The 52-year-old St. Joseph County man told Michigan Lottery officials he was at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers when he stopped to look at the lottery counter.

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"I stopped to pick up a few things and went by the Lottery counter while I was there," the man recalled. "As I was standing there, the clerk suggested I play the Mystery Prize Cashword game."

The man said it took some convincing to get him to buy the ticket.

"I told her I don't play often, and I wasn't too sure about that type of ticket. She told me they were pretty simple to play and had been lucky lately, so I decided to buy two. The first one turned out to be a $300,000 winner," the player said.

The winner said he plans to use his prize money to pay off his home and help out his family members.

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