Man wins $3.8 million on lottery scratchie after $1k prize a day earlier

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Luck has turned around for a 30-year-old father after he purchased two winning tickets just one day apart.

On May 30, Randy Lytle, from Indiana County in Pennsylvania, won US$1000 (A$1298) on a scratchie, so he went to a Giant Eagle supermarket to cash in his prize the following day.

Picking up another ticket, Mr Lytle scratched it in the car park, where he found out the second ticket came with a US$3 million (A$3.8 million) prize.

“Well, it was pretty wild because the day before I bought the same ticket and I won $1000 on that ticket, and I had to go to that Giant Eagle to cash that big of a prize, and it’s the only reason I was there at that Giant Eagle,” Mr Lytle said.

“My fiancée was in disbelief, but I think she believed it a little more than me.”

According to Pennsylvania Lottery, Mr Lytle was raised by his mother after his father died when he was just eight years old and he couldn't wait to tell her the good news.

Randy Lytle won $3.8 million, after winning $1000 the day before. Source: Facebook/Pennsylvania Lottery
Randy Lytle won $3.8 million, after winning $1000 the day before. Source: Facebook/Pennsylvania Lottery

“She raised me and my brother, so now I can do something special for her,” he said. 

“This is going to help in so many ways, I don’t even know where to start.”

Lottery winner previously homeless

Mr Lytle was once homeless for a short period of time and was laid off from his job at the steel mill, though now he has won millions, he has no plans on going back there.

He said he would use his money to start his own business, but he didn't know what that would be just yet.

Mr Lytle also plans on using his winnings to help set up his 10-year-old son's college tuition in the future.

Earlier this month a young family from Victoria got the shock of their lives when they found out they had won $1 million after thinking they had only won $1000.

“When I first checked it, I thought ‘score, I’ve won $1,000!’. But then I looked again, and I realised there were a lot more zeros on the end," a family member told an official from The Lott.

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