Man becomes double-lotto winner after buying ticket twice

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A man has made one heck of a return on two lotto tickets with identical numbers, the second of which he purchased completely by accident.

Samir Mazahem scored a whopping A$2.8 million (USD$2 million) prize after playing birthdates of his family members twice in the same draw on June 9.

The 56-year-old, from the US state of Michigan, initially felt “a little bummed”, thinking that he had wasted the second A$2.50 (USD$2).

He didn’t think too much of it until he logged in to check on his account, which was when the shock of his two $1 million winning tickets hit him.

Photo shows a man holding a Mega Millions lotto ticket.
The lotto winner only recently found out he was A$2.8 million richer. Source: Getty Images

“I went online and bought a ticket using numbers that are family birthdays. I forgot to save the numbers as favourites in the app, so I went back in and set them up as favourites so I could easily play them in the future,” Mr Mazahem told Michigan Lottery

“I recently logged into the app to check on some tickets I had bought, and that is when I saw I had two $1 million prizes pending. Saying that I was stunned is an understatement.

“I couldn’t believe it was real. It took several days for the reality to set in that my mistake had paid off to the tune of $2 million.”

Mr Mazahem said he would use his winnings to buy a home and save for when he retires.

“Winning is exciting and gives me some comfort knowing that when I retire, I will have money in the bank,” he said.

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