A man is glad he double checked his lottery ticket before he threw it out — otherwise he would have missed his chance to claim $2.7 million ($A3.4 million).
The man from Washington State was checking his tickets on the machine at a convenience store at the start of the month when he was buying a drink, not knowing he had won $2.7 million the night before.
“When you win a few bucks, the machine displays a message that asks if you want to reinvest your winnings and buy a new ticket, and when you do, you click ‘OK’ on the screen,” the man said according to KIMA.
“So, I just clicked ‘OK’ and almost tossed the ticket in the trash but then I thought that the screen had looked a little different, so I scanned it again and it said ‘Woo hoo!’ and told me to contact a Lottery office.”
The man couldn't claim his prize at the store, and he called his wife on his way to work to let her know they had won a fair bit more than a few hundred dollars.
The man works as a construction worker and he didn't realise he had won $2.7 million until he got home from work that night.
“Thank goodness I did that double-take and scanned the ticket again,” he said.
The man said the lottery win will make his retirement years a little bit easier. He and his wife travelled to claim their prize at the Yakima Regional Office of Washington’s Lottery.
Powerball Prize jackpots again
Back on Australian shores, Thursday night's Powerball prize jackpotted once again, with no one in Australia taking out the $20 million division one prize.
It's the second week in a row without a division one win, though three players in Powerball draw 1303 did share the division two prize, taking home just over $140,000 each.
Two weeks ago, two lucky NSW residents split the huge $80 million Powerball jackpot — a man in Smithfield in Sydney's west and another woman from Campbelltown.
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