Dad who lost everything in flood wins $2 million with scratchcard

Harriet Brewis
Wednesday 28 April 2021 11:09
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The dad said the ticket (left) ‘caught his eye’ when he went to his local grocery store

(Michigan Lottery Connect/Google streetview)

A US man has won $2 million from a scratchcard just months after losing all of his possessions in a flood.

The 29-year-old dad, who has decided to remain anonymous, bought the ticket at his local corner shop in the Michigan town of Midland.

"Last year, I lost everything in a flood, so to win this prize is so overwhelming to me," he said in a press release.

The stunned winner said he rarely plays the lottery, but when he stopped to get some groceries on his way to pick up his kids, the Lucky 7’s ticket caught his eye.

Seven is his lucky number, he explained.

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"I scratched it off when I got back to my car,” he continued. “When I saw I had a match, I thought: ‘Great, I won my money back!’

“When I saw I had actually won $2 million, I couldn’t stop shaking."

Players of each $20 Lucky 7’s ticket have a chance of winning between $20 and $2 million.

The 29-year-old added that he scooped $10,000 a few years ago and thought that was his “once-in-a-lifetime shot at winning the lottery”.

Now he’s got a comfortable $1.3 million in his pocket, after opting to receive his winnings as a lump sum rather than via annual installments.

He said he plans to use the cash to pay his bills and then save the rest.

"Knowing my kids will be taken care of is the best feeling in the world," the delighted dad added.

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