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Man wins $25,000 a year for life thanks to lottery printing error

“I asked the retailer for a ticket for 10 draws, but he accidentally printed a ticket with 10 lines for one draw," said the lucky winner.
Man wins $25,000 a year for life thanks to lottery printing error
Posted at 2:36 PM, Nov 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-24 16:36:55-05

An Illinois man is Lucky for Life after playing the Michigan Lottery two months ago.

Lottery officials say that Michael Sopejstal, 60, purchased the winning ticket at a GoLo station in New Buffalo. That ticket matched the numbers drawn on Sept. 17.

Those numbers were: 11-15-17-24-48.

“I come to Michigan every few weeks to eat at my favorite restaurant and I always get a Lucky for Life ticket for 10 or 20 draws while I’m here,” said Sopejstal. “I asked the retailer for a ticket for 10 draws, but he accidentally printed a ticket with 10 lines for one draw, but I told him I still wanted it. … I checked my ticket one morning and saw that I had won $25,000 a year for life. I immediately started thinking about all the things I could do with the money and whether I wanted to take the lump sum or annuity option. It was an amazing feeling!”

Sopejstal opted to receive the $390,000 lump-sum payment instead of collecting $25,000 per year. He intends to use his winnings to travel and pocket what’s left.

According to the Michigan Lottery, you can play Lucky For Life for just $2 and get a shot at winning prizes from $3 to a lifetime of cash. 

This story was originally published at Scripps News Grand Rapids.


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