“I scanned my ticket using the ticket scanner in the app and got a ‘Not a Winner’ message,” the 40-year-old man told lottery officials. “I looked to see where the winning tickets were sold and saw one of them was sold at the store I buy my tickets from.”
The Kent County man had bought his Fantasy 5 ticket for the Oct. 6 drawing — with numbers 4, 7, 13, 28 and 33 — from a Kum & Go convenience store in Wyoming, Michigan, according to an Oct. 25 news release.
“I looked at the ticket again and realized I had scanned one from a few days ago, not the ticket for the drawing the night before,” the lottery player recalled. “I scanned the correct ticket and started shaking when the prize amount of $313,197 came up on the screen. It was so exciting!”
He had matched all five numbers and won half of the $626,394 jackpot, officials said.
Fantasy 5 jackpots are split when more than one player matches all five numbers, according to the game rules.
The winner plans to use his winnings to pay bills, help out family and save, according to the release.
Wyoming is part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area.
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