Very few lottery players will ever win a $1 million prize. Even fewer will win two $1 million prizes on the same day. But that is exactly what happened back in June, according to the Michigan Lottery, after a player accidentally purchased the same ticket twice.
Samir Mazahem, a 56-year-old from Dearborn Heights, played Mega Millions on June 9th with manually selected numbers of 01-05-09-10-23 using family birthdays with both tickets purchased online through the MichiganLottery.com app. After purchasing a single ticket with the numbers, he then saved the numbers again as favorites so he could easily play them again in the future. In doing so, he purchased his second ticket, which he says he was disappointed about.
“What I didn’t realize, is that meant I would be buying a second ticket with the same numbers. Once I figured out I had bought two tickets with identical numbers, I was a little bummed but didn’t think much about it.”
Despite purchasing the tickets in June, Mazahem was apparently unaware that he had won until he logged in to view recent tickets he had purchased, which is presumably why the news broke 4 months after the fact. Upon logging in, it was then he discovered that he 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!”
Purchasing Mega Millions tickets
Michigan Lottery players can purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets through over 10,500 lottery retailers across the state for the drawing that occurs every Tuesday and Friday. Players can purchase a ticket for just $2 and can add a Megaplier to the ticket for an additional $1. Players can purchase tickets for Mega Millions up until 10:45 PM on the day of the drawing.
Players can also purchase Mega Millions of tickets online through the Michigan Online Lottery website. In addition to purchasing tickets, players can also find details on past drawings, rules and payouts. Players also have the option of buying tickets for Powerball, Fantasy 5, Lotto 47 and Lucky for Life.