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Excited lottery winner leaves gas station with pump still in car

A Genesee County, Mich., man said he was so excited to scratch off a $1 million prize on a lottery ticket that he drove away from the gas station with the pump still in his car. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery
A Genesee County, Mich., man said he was so excited to scratch off a $1 million prize on a lottery ticket that he drove away from the gas station with the pump still in his car. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery

June 4 (UPI) -- A Michigan man said he was so stunned after winning a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket that drove away from the gas station with the pump still hanging out of his tank.

The 59-year-old Genesee County man told Michigan Lottery officials that he bought a Winning Millions ticket from the Speedway station in Fenton and scratched it off while filling his car with gas.

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"Winning Millions has been my favorite Lottery game since it came out," the man said. "I stopped at Speedway to get gas and decided to get a ticket while I was there. I started scratching the ticket while my gas was pumping.

"When I saw I'd matched the number 14 and then revealed the $1 million amount underneath, I started yelling: 'Are you kidding me?!'"

The man said his excitement at revealing the $1 million prize led to a gas pump faux pas.

"I was so excited, I forgot I was filling up with gas and drove away with the gas pump still in my car," the winner said.

The winner said he is planning to use his winnings to buy a new house and new car and take a vacation.

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"I have been playing since the lottery began and finally won big," he said. "Winning a $1 million prize is life-changing."

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