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$10 Mistake Nets Michigan Lottery Player $4.4M

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BRIDGEPORT TWP. (AP) - A $10 mistake resulted in $4.4 million for a lottery-playing Flint resident.

The anonymous winner bought the winning $10 Cash for Life lottery ticket at TA-Saginaw Travel Center in Bridgeport Township, Mlive.com reported.

But that wasn’t the plan. The winner put a $20 in the ticket machine while intending to spend only $10. The player decided to spend the extra $10 on the Cash for Life ticket and told lottery officials “it wasn’t even what I wanted.”

The winner can receive annual payments of about $200,000 or a one-time cash payment of the total before taxes.

Lottery officials say the winner plans to use the money to pay off a mortgage and other bills, as well as share the newfound wealth with family members.

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