Man wins $5 million lottery jackpot with 'wrong ticket'


Published in Weird News

(UPI) A man who won a $5 million jackpot from the North Carolina Education Lottery said he owes his windfall to a store clerk who handed him the wrong ticket.

Jonathan Bate, a New York resident working as a construction superintendent in North Carolina, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he stopped after work at the Family Fare store in Burlington to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket.

"The funny part about the ticket is, I got the wrong ticket," Bate said. I asked for one and I got another and I just said, 'Alright.'

The ticket, a $20 $5,000,000 Fortune game, earned him a $5 million top prize.


"I got to the fifth number and it was a winner and I was like, 'Wow, no way!'" he said. It didn't sink in at first. I still can't believe I won.

Bate said he is making plans for his winnings.

"A new truck and my granddaughter is going to go to college," he said.

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