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Lottery Printing Mistake Leads To $1 Million Pay Off!

An Iowa man believes that a mistaken printing of his order for lottery tickets led to his $1 million dollar win.

Josh Buster, a 40-year-old chef from West Burlington, asked for five “easy-pick” plays for the April 15 Mega Millions drawing at a convenience store, according to a news release from the Iowa Lottery.

But Buster says that the clerk initially printed just one play and then printed the four remaining plays on a separate ticket.

 “I feel like that changed the numbers that I would have gotten if he had put them all on one instead of making that mistake,” Buster said in the press release. 

Buster struggled to believe his luck at first.

“I don’t usually have good luck, so I thought it was a mistake and there was going to be an error,” he said in the news release. “So I Googled the lottery numbers to make sure I had the right ones, and I did! And then the rest of the day, I’m just waiting to wake up from a dream.”

The winning chef will use his prize money to pay off his car, pay off his mother’s mortgage, and save for his retirement.

“It will take away a lot of my stress in my life — no more of the financial worries,” he told the Iowa Lottery.

The odds of winning the $1 million prize in the Iowa Lottery’s Mega Millions game are just 1 in 12,607,306, according to their website.