An Iowa man has won a US$1 million lottery prize after the employee made a mistake while printing his tickets.
Josh Buster, a 40-year-old chef from West Burlington, requested five “easy-to-pick” coins for the April 15 Mega Millions draw at a convenience store, according to a press release from the Iowa Lottery.
But Buster says the clerk initially printed just one piece, then printed the remaining four pieces on a separate ticket.
“I feel like it changed the numbers I would have gotten if he had put them all on one instead of making that mistake,” Buster said in a press release from the lottery. Iowa.
Buster had a hard time believing his luck at first.
“I’m usually unlucky, so I thought it was a mistake and there would be a mistake,” he said in the press release. “So I Googled the lottery numbers to make sure I got the right ones, and I did! And then the rest of the day, I’m just waiting to wake up from a dream. “
The winning chef will use their prize to pay for their car, pay off their mother’s mortgage and save for retirement.
“It will take a lot of the stress out of my life — no more financial worries,” he told the Iowa Lottery.
According to their website, the odds of winning the US$1 million prize in the Iowa Lottery Mega Millions game are only 1 in 12,607,306.