Man Unexpectedly Wins $4 Million Lottery — On a Ticket He Almost Didn't Buy A Michigan resident stumbled upon a life-changing $4 million lottery jackpot when his preferred game was unavailable.

By Madeline Garfinkle

A Michigan resident unexpectedly secured a $4 million lottery windfall — after buying a ticket for a game he didn't initially want to play.

The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous (Michigan is one of eight states that allow winners to be anonymous if they win a certain amount), told Lottery Post, a website with lottery news, that he went to a gas station last month intending to use $50 in winnings from a different game to his preferred game of choice. But when it wasn't available, he selected a $30 ticket from the "Millionaire's Club" scratch-off series. The initial letdown was short-lived after the 54-year-old scratched the chosen ticket and discovered the coveted "$4MIL" notation beneath a winning symbol.

The "Millionaire's Club," launched in February, has yielded over $61 million in prizes for winners, according to the Michigan Lottery, with $96 million in total prizes still up for grabs.

In other lottery news, no one won the Powerball jackpot on Monday, so the prize now stands at $1.2 billion for Wednesday night's drawing, making it the seventh highest jackpot in the game's history.

Related: 'I Am Blessed': Woman Finds $100,000 Forgotten Powerball Ticket While 'Going Through Papers

Madeline Garfinkle

Entrepreneur Staff

News Writer

Madeline Garfinkle is a News Writer at She is a graduate from Syracuse University, and received an MFA from Columbia University. 

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