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Man's $30 lottery win leads to $4 million jackpot

By Ben Hooper   |   Dec. 27, 2018 at 2:17 PM
A Michigan man who won $30 from a scratch-off lottery ticket decided to use the money to play again and ended up with a $4 million jackpot. Photo courtesy of Michigan Lottery

Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A Michigan man said winning $30 on a scratch-off lottery ticket led him to try his luck a second time and win a $4 million jackpot.

Adam Hansell, 24, of Sault Ste. Marie, told Michigan Lottery officials he hit on a winning streak with the tickets he bought from the Holiday gas station at I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie.

"I'd bought a couple of tickets, and kept winning small amounts," Hansell said. "I bought a $30 ticket and won my money back, so I decided to try $4,000,000 Winner."

The $4,000,000 Winner scratch-off ticket turned out to be true to its name, earning Hansell a $4 million top prize.

"I scratched the ticket off in the store and was stunned when I saw I had a $4 million winner," said Hansell. "I paced around the store for about two hours so my nerves could settle and I could drive home."

Hansell chose to take his winnings as a $2.5 million lump sum rather than take the full amount in 30 annuity payments.

He said his plans for the windfall include buying a house, attending college and providing for his family.

"I have a young son, and this means I will be able to provide a better life for him. That means everything to me," Hansell said.