An Iowa man says that a cashier’s “mistake” led to him winning $1 million in the Iowa Mega Millions lottery.
Josh Buster, 40, said that when he asked a West Burlington convenience store clerk for five easy-pick plays for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing, he initially received only one play from the lottery terminal.
The clerk then asked Buster if the four other plays could be issued 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.
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Buster said that he thought the whole thing was a mistake and had to Google the lottery numbers for himself after scanning the tickets on an app.
“I don’t usually have good luck, so I thought it was a mistake and there was going to be an error,” he said. “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.”
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Buster works as a prep chef at a Burlington, Iowa restaurant, and said that he’s going to use the lottery winnings to pay off his car and his mother’s mortgage, then put the rest in a retirement fund.
“It will take away a lot of my stress in my life — no more of the financial worries,” he said.
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He came one number away from having a share of Friday’s $20 million jackpot, but missed the Mega Ball.
After taxes, Buster will take home $710,000, according to the Iowa Lottery.